Ever think of your body in two parts: the upper and lower? A remarkable part – the iliopsoas muscle group – attaches the spine with the lower extremities. Anatomy is really remarkable! Everything is connected…and also impacted when there is pain. Your Augusta chiropractor knows well the anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic services at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic mix to help you control the pain and get back to your daily activities.
THE ILIOPSOAS MUSCLE
Do you know where the iliopsoas muscle is? Know what it does? If you suffer with back pain, you may. The iliopsoas is really a deep muscle group composed of the psoas major, psoas minor, and iliacus muscles. The iliopsoas muscle group links the spine to the lower extremities. Its pain may appear to come from the hip which makes it difficult to figure out whether it is the source of pain or not, but your Augusta chiropractor has a few special ways to figure that out! Being the main hip flexor, a properly functioning iliopsoas is essential. If it’s tight or painful or hurt, there are treatments and exercises to help. (1) Your chiropractor at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic can help clarify the involvement of the iliopsoas and set up a treatment plan to treat it and its associated pain, like Augusta back pain.
THE ILIOPSOAS AND BACK PAIN
When suffering with back pain, sufferers are often willing to try most anything to help! Chiropractic care helps, particularly the gentle Cox® Technic form of spinal manipulation which is part of a larger system of spinal pain management that integrates nutrition and exercise, too. An extensively used exercise routine is the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) system. Chronic low back pain has been documented to benefit from it. A meta-analysis of 12 studies and 410 participants uncovered that PNF was more beneficial in relieving pain and enhancing waist function. It was also observed to help pulmonary function! (2) Remember how everything is connected and the iliopsoas connects the spine with the lower extremities? One mechanical factor that back pain sufferers share is often altered pelvic tilting. A tight iliopsoas muscle is often the culprit for which PNF is beneficial. Compared to another popular stretching technique, muscle energy technique, PNF proved superior though both were remarkably effective for loosening the tight iliopsoas. (3) If the iliopsoas is entangled, we can review an exercise that can help at your next visit.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes the treatment of chronic back pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment soon. If we discover that the iliopsoas is contributing to your back pain problem, we’ll connect and manage it!