Iliopsoas Isometric Exercise

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Iliopsoas isometric exercises will work your hip flexors and other key areas of your body. Find out about a great iliopsoas isometric exercise with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Robert R. Pomahac. And today's question is, Iliopsoas Isometric exercises. Isometric means no motion. So, the reason you want to do these for your growing muscle, for your hip flexor muscles, your Iliopsoas muscle, is post injury. You can actually activate the muscle without having a range of motion and prevent further injuries. And also use as a form of rehabilitation. The Iliopsoas muslce, the origin is in your lumbar spine, low back spine and the insertion is the upper leg called the femur. And has three actions, it flexes the trunk, flexes the knee and turns the knee in. Isometric is putting pressure on the knee without it moving. So, for example, I would put my hand here, push, one, two, three, four, five, let it go. You're holding for about five seconds, you're also pushing at about 50 to 60 percent of your maximal strength, one, two, three, four, five. The key to doing this also is to make sure your body's in pelvic neutral, so that muscles are in a neutral. How do you do that? Finding your pelvic neutral, tipping your hips forward, tipping them back, finding a neutral. Engaging the stomach and also keeping the knees straight while you're doing the exercise, one, two, three, four, five.


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