You may be wondering when you start using these tools, whether or not it's supposed to hurt, and the answer is it typically does hurt quite a bit.
The reason being is that the iliopsoas has been tight for a really long time. So imagine a muscle holding tension for 10-20 years, and now you're finally putting pressure on it and trying to get it to relax, it's not going to be very happy. My suggestion for you when you first start using these tools is to use them very gradually.
I sometimes recommend putting even a towel or a thin sheet over the tips of either of these tools before you start. That's one way to decrease the amount of pressure when you first start. You can also start with a shorter period of time, I do recommend at least 30 seconds because that gives it at least a chance to relax, but maybe work your way up to the 90 seconds that I recommend. You can also spend some time discerning what type of pain you're having. It should feel like a really sore muscle. If you're feeling any kind of sharp pain or anything that doesn't feel right to you, always consult a medical professional.
In fact, you should always consult a medical professional before starting any new tool. So hang in there, go slow, give yourself a break, try using it every other day. And eventually, you'll notice that over time, it's less painful, it's softer and these muscles that have been pulling on you for decades will finally relax! More Information. The iliacus and the psoas make up what is commonly called your "hip flexor." These 2 muscles have an important job, to connect the upper part of your body to the lower half! Although these muscles are also responsible for flexing your hip (bringing it forward), their main job is to help hold your spine, pelvis, and hip together.
The iliacus and psoas are called the iliopsoas together. They often time contract and stay knotted up when the body is either too mobile or if those muscles are overused. Because we need them to stabilize us, activities like sitting, running, biking, kicking, and weight lifting are common causes of tightness along with too much stretching like yoga and dance. As you can see, there are lots of reasons these muscles tighten and this tightness can cause pain in all kinds of places in the body.
I uncover these patterns in my bestselling book, Tight Hip Twisted Core - The Key to Unresolved Pain!
This is also why I designed the world's first tool designed specifically to release the iliacus muscle - The Hip Hook