Ever think of your body in two parts: the upper and lower? An interesting
part – the iliopsoas muscle group – connects the spine with the
lower extremities. Anatomy is quite cool!
Everything is connected…and also impacted when there’s
pain. Your Ashburn chiropractor is well aware of the
anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic
services at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn combine to help you control the pain so
that you can return 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 really
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 difficult to
determine whether it is the source of pain or not, but your
Ashburn chiropractor has a few special tests to see
what’s what! Being the main hip flexor, a well-functioning
iliopsoas is important. If it is tight or painful or
hurt, treatments and exercises may help. (1) Your chiropractor at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn can help determine
the involvement of the iliopsoas and establish a treatment plan to
treat it and its affiliated pain, like Ashburn 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 a piece
of a larger system of spinal pain management that integrates
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 uncovered that PNF was more beneficial
in relieving pain and enhancing waist function. It was also found
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 beneficial. 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 review an
exercise to help the situation at your next appointment.
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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.
Schedule your Ashburn 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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