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Have Vocal and/or Pelvic Pain? You May Be Psoas Speaking

This pose of the week is all about how to know if you are Psoas Speaking. This pose of the week can help you identify if your vocal problems could be coming from the pelvic floor, or vice versa. One of the chief ways to tell is by taking a closer look at one of the main hip flexors, the Psoas. People with long-term or ongoing vocal or pelvic floor struggles are often over utilizing this muscle.

What does “Psoas Speaking” look like?

Well, psoas speaking FEELS like pelvic pain, vocal strain, hip tightness and groin and/or back pain, and breathing dysfunction.

If you are a teacher, speaker, therapist, or if your voice is important to you – then this little video is for YOU!

There are between 3-5 diaphragms which influence each other, depending on which scientific theory resonates with you (no pun intended). However, what is indisputable is there are three primary ones, which drive the pressure system which decides whether or not you make beautiful sound (aka speaking or singing) AND whether or not you are continent (control of the bowel and bladder.

The three main diaphragms are:

  • Vocal diaphragm
  • Respiratory diaphragm
  • Pelvic diaphragm
The Three Diaphragms - Are you Psoas Speaking?
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reproduced with kind permission from the author, Ginger Garner and Handspring publishing, Ltd. Medical Therapeutic yoga (C)2016, Scotland, UK.

What should you feel when speaking or singing?

When you speak you should not feel the abdominals jumping, tightening, and you should not feel your hip flexors do that either. If so, you could be straining all 3 diaphragms – the voice, your breathing, and your pelvic floor.

These integrative medicine exercises are for developing a more POWERFUL voice, better breathing and stronger lungs, and a happy pelvic floor! Okay, you are ready to practice!

Stop Psoas Speaking

Extra Homework to Help Stop Psoas Speaking

Check out these two videos on YouTube that can help you stop Psoas Speaking:

Good luck and I hope you this video helps you sing, speak AND use your pelvic floor in a healthier, more sustainable way!

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out at www.drgingergarner.com, and for more FREE RESOURCES, please subscribe my YouTube Channel.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Garner is a passionate, unapologetic advocate of improving access to pelvic physical therapy, a mother to 3 sons, & a 25+ year veteran in using Integrative Therapies (chiefly Yoga, Functional, and Lifestyle Medicine) to deliver orthopaedic and pelvic physical therapy & athletic training. She is the author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, founder & CEO of Living Well Institute, owner of EudeMOMia®, and loves making music and adventure seeking outdoors as often as possible. She lives in Greensboro, NC with her partner, 3 children, and her rescue Lab, Scout Finch.

DISCLAIMER: These movements are for protection and preservation, as well as maximizing, pelvic girdle function (hip, SIJ, low back, pelvic floor) and vocal performance. This and any other videos I instruct do not constitute physical therapy or a patient-provider relationship. User assumes risk in performing this or any video. Finally, you need to get the approval of your healthcare provider before doing this or any instructional movement video. Evaluation of the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle is a specialty area and is best carried out by a pelvic physical therapist (a plus if they have specialty training in the hip, low back, and SIJ as well). Best practice care of this area should involve a team approach of several practitioners who provide holistic, integrative, biopsychosocial, person-centered care that use a Lifestyle & Functional Medicine model. To locate a therapist near you, visit this link, this link, or join this group.

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