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 quite cool! Everything is connected…and also affected when there’s pain. Your Nashua chiropractor is well aware of the anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic services at Moriarty 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 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 difficult to figure out whether it is the source of pain or not, but your Nashua chiropractor has a few special tests to figure that out! Being the main hip flexor, a well-functioning iliopsoas is important. If it is tight or painful or injured, treatments and exercises may help. (1) Your chiropractor at Moriarty Chiropractic can help clarify the involvement of the iliopsoas and set up a treatment plan to treat it and its affiliated pain, like Nashua 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 features nutrition and exercise, too. A widely 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 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 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 to help the situation 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 shares the treatment of chronic back pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your Nashua chiropractic appointment soon. If we discover that the iliopsoas is part of your back pain problem, we will connect and handle it!