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OrthoIllinois Chiropractic Knows Well the Spine and Its Connections

Nerves. Discs. Muscles. What connects them all? The spine! And back pain is a complex condition often including all these components. Your McHenry chiropractor at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic values every one of these spinal elements. Your McHenry chiropractor pays great attention to each of these spinal elements. Your McHenry chiropractor decreases McHenry back pain and neck pain connected to these spinal elements with gentle chiropractic services and Cox® Technic at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic.


The spine is the body’s support system. The spine connects everything! The spine’s bones – called vertebrae – link ligaments, muscles and discs to form this support system. 25 intervertebral discs separate the usual 33 vertebrae. Three parts make up each disc – the gel-like, water/collagen-composed nucleus pulposus enveloped and held in place by the collagenous annulus fibrosus and two endplates on top and bottom that protect and allow nutrients into the nucleus. The disc keeps the spine flexible and strong. (1) Seemingly off-topic but really not as these findings demonstrate just how connected the spine is, more articles emerge about the importance of diaphragm training for muscle relaxation like the hamstring muscles. In a new study, this training is reported to boost the thickness of lumbar spine stabilizing muscles, transverse abdominis and lumbar multifidus muscles. (2) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is astounded by what diaphragm-focused treatment does for such muscles. It all goes back to how complexly the spine is created and connected! Interesting! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic enjoys taking care of McHenry chiropractic patients’ spines every day!


Spinal nerves weave their ways throughout the spine, gathering and dispersing impulses from head to toe. The superior gluteal nerve makes its ways through the lower pelvis by the L4, L5 and S1 nerve roots in the sacral plexus. It supplies nerves to the gluteus medius, gluteus minimum and tensor fasciae latae muscles. If damaged, it often creates an obviously different walking and standing gait due to the gluteus medius muscle paralysis it triggers. (3) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic back pain patients know how touchy these spinal nerves are and so does OrthoIllinois Chiropractic.


The spine relies on muscles to maintain its connections. The psoas muscle runs along both sides of the spinal vertebral column down to the pelvis. It is deep and originates at the lumbar vertebrae, L1-L4, attaching to much more - the less trochanter of the femur, iliopsoas muscle, psoas major muscle, inconsistent psoas minor muscle, iliac fascia, iliacus muscle, and inguinal ligament – influencing postural function and influencing mood and stress disorders as a cause of low back pain. (4) The quadratus lumborum muscle is essential to stability. Its deep, posterior, lateral and interior location around the spine often draws into question its contributing role in back pain. It’s an important part of the thoracolumbar fascia muscle system as it surrounds the iliac crest, the transverse processes of lumbar spine’s vertebrae and 12th rib. (5) The external oblique muscle is key to balance, preserving the center of gravity, as well as stability. Interestingly, in a research study of women with chronic low back pain, stability exercises and balance exercises regarding the external oblique muscle increased erector spinae muscle activity and decreased pain and disability. (6) That’s why OrthoIllinois Chiropractic routinely recommends exercise to McHenry back pain patients as part of the chiropractic treatment plan. Do not worry! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic ensures these are easy and helpful for you!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lonny Skjervheim on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about chiropractic treatment of low back pain with leg pain together using Cox® Technic spinal manipulation.  

Schedule your chiropractic appointment now. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is your McHenry back pain specialist. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic applies knowledge of these amazing spinal connections to enhance the clinical pain relief outcomes for our back pain patients. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is like the spine for nerves, discs, and muscles: OrthoIllinois Chiropractic connects the best of back pain research to back pain relief for you, our back pain patient. 
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic appreciates how the nerves and muscles are connected to the spine and how to help relieve McHenry back pain and other spine related pain when they hurt. 
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