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 is
pain. Your La Grande chiropractor is well aware of the
anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic
services at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC 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 might. The iliopsoas is actually
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 hard to
determine whether it is the source of pain or not, but your
La Grande chiropractor has a few special ways 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 Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC can help determine
the involvement of the iliopsoas and establish a treatment plan to
treat it and its affiliated pain, like La Grande 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. An extensively 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 revealed that PNF was more beneficial
in relieving pain and enhancing 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 source for which
PNF is beneficial. 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 Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
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.
Make your La Grande chiropractic
appointment today. If we discover that the iliopsoas is part of your back pain problem, we’ll connect
and manage it!