Ever think of your body in
terms of the upper part and lower part? An interesting
part – the iliopsoas muscle group – connects the spine with the
lower extremities. Anatomy is really cool!
Everything is connected…and also affected when there’s
pain. Your Oxford chiropractor knows well the
anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic
services at Satterwhite Chiropractic 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 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 seem like it
comes from the hip which makes it difficult to
figure out whether it is the source of pain or not, but your
Oxford chiropractor has a few special tests to figure that out! Being the main hip flexor, a properly functioning
iliopsoas is important. If it’s tight or painful or
hurt, there are treatments and exercises
to help. (1) Your chiropractor at Satterwhite Chiropractic can help clarify
the involvement of the iliopsoas and establish a treatment plan to
treat it and its associated pain, like Oxford 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, especially
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 shown 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 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 showed itself 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 visit.
CONTACT Satterwhite 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 Oxford chiropractic
appointment soon. If we discover that the iliopsoas is part of your back pain problem, we will connect
and handle it!
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