Ever think of your body in two parts: the upper and lower? A remarkable
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 McHenry chiropractor knows well the
anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic
services at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic combine 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 its function? 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 seem like it’s hip pain which makes it difficult to
determine whether it is the source of pain or not, but your
McHenry chiropractor has a few special ways to see
what’s what! Being the main hip flexor, a well-functioning
iliopsoas is essential. If it is tight or painful or
hurt, there are treatments and exercises
to help. (1) Your chiropractor at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic can help clarify
the involvement of the iliopsoas and set up a treatment plan to
treat it and its affiliated pain, like McHenry back pain.
THE ILIOPSOAS AND BACK PAIN
When dealing with back pain, sufferers want to try most anything to help! Chiropractic care helps, especially
the gentle Cox® Technic form of spinal manipulation which is a piece
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 uncovered 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 source 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 entangled, we can review an
exercise that can help at your next visit.
CONTACT OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
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 McHenry chiropractic
appointment today. If we discover that the iliopsoas is contributing
to your back pain issue, we’ll connect
and manage it!
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