Ever think of your body in two parts: the upper and lower? An interesting
part – the iliopsoas muscle group – connects the spine with the
lower extremities. Anatomy is quite remarkable!
Everything is connected…and also impacted when there’s
pain. Your Richmond chiropractor is well aware of the
anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic
services at Johnson Chiropractic mix to help you control the pain and get back to your daily activities.
THE ILIOPSOAS MUSCLE
Can you locate your iliopsoas muscle? Know what it does? If you suffer
with back pain, you might. The iliopsoas is actually
a deep muscle group made up of the psoas major, psoas minor, and
iliacus muscles. The iliopsoas muscle group connects the spine to
the lower extremities. Its pain may appear to come from the hip which makes it hard to
figure out whether it is the source of pain or not, but your
Richmond chiropractor has a few special ways to figure that out! Being the main hip flexor, a well-functioning
iliopsoas is essential. If it’s tight or painful or
injured, treatments and exercises may help. (1) Your chiropractor at Johnson Chiropractic can help determine
the involvement of the iliopsoas and establish a treatment plan to
treat it and its associated pain, like Richmond back pain.
THE ILIOPSOAS AND BACK PAIN
When dealing 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 method
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 revealed that PNF was more beneficial
in relieving pain and improving waist function. It was also found
to help pulmonary function! (2) Remember how everything is connected and the
iliopsoas connects the spine to 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 useful. Compared to another popular stretching
technique, muscle energy technique, PNF was superior
though both were remarkably effective for loosening the tight iliopsoas. (3) If
the iliopsoas is entangled, we can review an
exercise to help the situation at your next appointment.
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as she shares the treatment of chronic back
pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Richmond chiropractic
appointment today. If we discover that the iliopsoas is part of your back pain problem, we’ll connect
and handle it!
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