Sorry about the generality of the title. I’m suffering from recurrent trigger points at the distal attachment of the iliopsoas. It’s incredibly difficult to get in there to do massage on it because it’s really deep and I’ve been squatting for a long time, so there’s a lot in the way. I looked up a few things on it, and I know from basic knowledge of soft tissue workings that a trigger point that keeps recurring is due to a mechanical defect.
Anyways, with hip flexors, the problem is always that they have the capacity to take over for the abdominals too, so they get overworked, tight, angry, etcetera. That’s exactly what’s happened on my right side. I’m fairly developed, and you can visibly see the size difference between the abdominals on the right and left side (yes I know, it’s been going on a long time and I just now figured it out).
I’ve attached a picture from my favorite trigger point site. The one that kills my squat is the lowest one, in the groin area almost. I need to retrain the abdominals so that they can function properly and take some strain off the psoas. Has anyone ever had this problem? If there’s anybody out there who’s ever dealt with this, how did you (permanently) defeat the problem? I normally use hanging leg lifts and decline situps as the meat of my ab workouts, and I don’t do them terribly often just because I feel my strength and size is sufficient there, but only on the left side. What I need are a few movements that ensure the hip flexors are taken out of the movement. It’s a matter of teaching my body a new set of movements and order of firing, not a matter of strength.