Best Psoas Stretch Techniques – Dr. Berg


Best Psoas Stretch Techniques.

Try these psoas muscle stretch techniques to fix your weak and tight psoas.

– Introduction: The psoas muscle
– How to test your psoas muscle
– Psoas stretches
– Testing the strength of the psoas muscle
– Weak psoas muscle fix

In this video, we’re going to talk about the psoas muscle. The psoas is a large muscle that connects the upper torso to the legs, acting as a hip flexor and pelvic stabilizer. It allows you to draw your legs upwards and towards your chest, like when you’re doing sit-ups. This movement is called flexion.

The psoas muscle connects to the vertebrae, goes through the pelvis, then connects to the femur. Many people struggle with a weak or tight psoas muscle from either sitting too much or doing too many sit-ups!

Watch as I demonstrate a method to test your psoas muscle and show you some amazing psoas muscle stretch techniques.


Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching. I hope you try some of these psoas stretches to fix your weak or tight psoas. I’ll see you in the next video.



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  1. Thank you. After seventeen years of pain and several surgeries, I realize it’s up to me to really learn my body. This is the right approach. This level of understanding, through your higher learning. I will extrapolate what I can. Hopefully apply some on my own self. So I can do more .)

  2. Fantastic!! How often should this be performed? And what other exercises can be done to reinforce the psoas muscles? Thank you in advance

  3. I’ve had major pain and issues for months with no answers, I just accidentally found the psoas muscle and then you video…. THANK YOU SO MUCH ❤️

  4. This was a really great video. The testing is essential and something I was somewhat unfamiliar about. The treatment portion reminds me of Trigger point in massage therapy. However, with the psoas and glute I prefer to use knuckles (for glutes) and/or mid-digital knuckles (for psoas) instead of fingertips because the applied pressure can be more evenly and effectively controlled. Additionally, for massage therapists particularly, the therapist can save wear and tear on the joints in their hands.

  5. This is what I’ve struggled with since starting a “sit in front of a computer all day” job. It is a slow death to our body’s strength and flexibility. Thanks for providing explanation and remedies! And I’ve left that job for a more active one. 😁

  6. We need to take responsibility for our bodies, our health, our lives. This wonderful doctor introduces this concept to us, and his advice works.

  7. You can do this stretch on the edge of your bed. If you have a bad lower back, tight psoas muscles could be the cause. Driving can really aggravate lower back pain because of the awkward position of your extended right leg. Do this stretch before and after long trips for relief.

  8. Thank you for explaining everything clearly: condition, diagnosis, exercise solutions, and progressive assessments. Wow, you’re really, really, really great!!!

  9. Three days ago my right side back muscle became so painful I was up all night. Second night wasn’t much better. Had no idea what was going on. Just watched this video and followed the instructions on stretching the PSOAS muscle and WOW it already feels much better. I wish Dr. Berg was my family Doctor.

    • Rich..I had that God awful pain last week! Felt like I got shot it was so bad..Thanks to these videos I’ve been slowly getting over this..

    • Damn I can’t remember staying up all night from back pain haha , I think? It happened once when less educated (the cause)in my early twenties maybe? haha , but glad to hear.

  10. Really liked your easy to understand demonstration. As a massage therapist I did psoas release work but I appreciated the testing for weak and strong psoas and how to rebalance them. You have a very gentle manner and sensitivity when working with soft tissue.

  11. Amazing! I’m finally back to feeling like myself thanks to my chiro and his stretching and minor exercise suggestions! Sweet relief! So grateful. I was experiencing lower back pain and hip pain for the first time in my life. Tying my shoes made me want to cry. This video makes so much sense as to why I’ve found relief! 🙌

  12. This is the video that introduced me to you two years ago, Dr. Berg! After this video, I binge watched your videos which led me to Keto and changed my life!

  13. What the heck! For the last two months I’ve had horrible back, glute, hip and hamstring pain. Went to Chiro and I have scoliosis, hip snapping, and rounded shoulders, and my lift hip is higher than my right. I just did this exact video with my sister and it worked! That’s crazy!

  14. It’s amazing that orthopedic specialists never talk about this at all. Too much cutting. Not enough stretching. Thanks Dr. BERG!

  15. Had severe tightness in my right psoas and moderate in my left following a very long day of full contact rugby 48 hours ago. 
    Followed the video through. The one method the Dr. used which I found most relief with was with the foam roller underneath. I could literally feel significant tightness disappearing and the muscle relaxing. Did the same for the left, alternated back with 2-4 sets total (holding for 1 minute each time).  
    Pain went from a 9 to a 4. Used the foam roller afterward in a direct manner on the psoas. Pain from a 4 to a 1. All of this in 15 minutes. Great video Doctor and thank you.

  16. Tons of info about the psoas. As a yoga teacher I come to your amazing videos to prepare my classes. Thank you so much Dr. Berg

  17. It’s really awesome when the doc gets to the root instead of treating symptoms with expensive pills. Thanks for being here to show us

  18. Dr. Berg, I love the way you teach us the details in a way to understand the complex mechanics of the body. It is so much easier to heal when our conscious mind has an understanding of the process of healing our body is going through unconsciously. Thank you.

    • It’s because they want you to keep coming back. If they educate you they teach you and no reason to come back, because you can fix yourself.

    • yeah I agree and I love dr. Berg he’s just really wonderful you could tell he genuinely cares and he’s not just trying to be a YouTube Superstar… he’s very genuine and humble.
      I send a lot of his vids to other people I know to help them .

    • I have an uneven pelvis and my spine is bent to the right. Could it be that the left psoas muscle is tight? I want to help it and get my spine to straighten. It is causing the blood flow to the main vein to be poor causing low confidence in myself

    • I always ask a billion questions because I love learning, knowing, understanding and activating/connecting dots. After years in a medical environment, all my doctors and physios etc love me, because they say my interest and many questions allow them to really nerd out into their passion and subject. So it’s a win win for us both 🙂
      I’d love to have had Dr. Berg on my team though! What a dream that would have been! I’d be much further in my healing if I’d had him.

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