Pictured above is the iliacus. It is one of the hip flexor muscles, and pulls your leg up toward your hip (like when you lift your leg). It is one of the most influential muscle in the body. You can't move your hip in any direction without using this muscle. This muscle is VERY LIKELY to need some SMR attention along with the psoas muscle. 80% of all adults over 18 years of age have some form of back pain. If you aren't checking the psoas for excessive tension you are missing one of the most significant links to proper back function.
The muscles are layered, showing how some of the muscles are covered by the others. All of the muscles are see-through so that you can appreciate the location and size of each muscle relative to the others.
Individual hip, lower back & thigh muscles you might be interested in: (any inactive links will be live soon)
Click here for a list of all the muscles.
Click here to see the hip flexor muscles as a group.
Muscle that crosses the hip/lower back joint and crosses the hip/thigh joint (attaches to the spine and the femur)
Muscles that attach to the hip and the spine and/or ribs
- Rectus Abdominus
- External Abdominal Oblique
- Internal Abdominal Oblique
- Transverse Abdominus
- Latissimus Dorsi
- Iliocostalis Lumborum
- Longissimus Thoracis
- Quadratus Lumborum
Muscles that attach to the hip and the thigh bone (femur)
- Rectus Femoris
- Tensor Fasciae Latae
- Adductor Magnus
- Adductor Longus
- Adductor Brevis
- Gluteus Maximus
- Gluteus Medius
- Gluteus Minimus
- Superior Gemellus
- Obturator Internus
- Inferior Gemellus
- Obturator Externus
- Quadratus Femoris
- Biceps Femoris
Good luck working out those tight knots.
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