Ever think of your body in two parts: the upper and lower? An interesting
part – the iliopsoas muscle group – attaches the spine with the
lower extremities. Anatomy is really remarkable!
Everything is connected…and also impacted when there’s
pain. Your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor is well aware of the
anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic
services at Spinal Care Clinic combine to help you control the pain and get back to your daily activities.
THE ILIOPSOAS MUSCLE
Can you locate your iliopsoas muscle? Know its function? If you suffer
with back pain, you may. 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
determine whether it is the source of pain or not, but your
Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor has a few special tests to see
what’s what! Being the main hip flexor, a properly functioning
iliopsoas is essential. If it’s tight or painful or
injured, treatments and exercises may help. (1) Your chiropractor at Spinal Care Clinic can help clarify
the involvement of the iliopsoas and set up a treatment plan to
treat it and its affiliated pain, like Burlington and Hamilton 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 a piece
of a larger system of spinal pain management that incorporates
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 found 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 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 culprit for which
PNF is useful. 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 involved, we can go over an
exercise that can help at your next appointment.
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
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.
Make your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic
appointment soon. If we discover that the iliopsoas is contributing
to your back pain issue, we will connect
and manage it!
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