Ever think of your body in
terms of the upper part and lower part? An interesting
part – the iliopsoas muscle group – attaches the spine with the
lower extremities. Anatomy is really remarkable!
Everything is connected…and also affected when there’s
pain. Your West Palm Beach chiropractor is well aware of the
anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic
services at Chiropractic Care 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 have 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 connects the spine to
the lower extremities. Its pain may appear to come from the hip which makes it hard to
determine whether it is the source of pain or not, but your
West Palm Beach chiropractor has a few special tests to see
what’s what! Being the main hip flexor, a well-functioning
iliopsoas is essential. If it is tight or painful or
injured, there are treatments and exercises
to help. (1) Your chiropractor at Chiropractic Care can help verify
the involvement of the iliopsoas and establish a treatment plan to
treat it and its affiliated pain, like West Palm Beach 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, especially
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 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 links 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 source 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 go over an
exercise that can help at your next appointment.
CONTACT Chiropractic Care
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 West Palm Beach chiropractic
appointment soon. If we discover that the iliopsoas is contributing
to your back pain problem, we’ll connect
and handle it!
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