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Exercise for New Roads Back Pain Linked to the Iliopsoas Muscle

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 remarkable! Everything is connected…and also affected when there is pain. Your New Roads chiropractor knows well the anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic services at New Roads Chiropractic Center mix to help you control the pain so that you can return to your daily activities.


Can you locate your iliopsoas muscle? Know its function? If you have back pain, you might. The iliopsoas is actually 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 seem like it comes from the hip which makes it difficult to determine whether it is the source of pain or not, but your New Roads chiropractor has a few special ways to see what’s what! Being the main hip flexor, a well-functioning iliopsoas is important. If it’s tight or painful or injured, there are treatments and exercises to help. (1) Your chiropractor at New Roads Chiropractic Center can help verify the involvement of the iliopsoas and establish a treatment plan to treat it and its associated pain, like New Roads back pain.


When suffering with back pain, sufferers are often willing to try most anything to help! Chiropractic care helps, particularly the gentle Cox® Technic form of spinal manipulation which is a piece of a larger system of spinal pain management that incorporates nutrition and exercise, too. A widely used exercise method 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 improving 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 useful. Compared to another popular stretching technique, muscle energy technique, PNF was 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 visit.

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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 New Roads chiropractic appointment now. If we discover that the iliopsoas is contributing to your back pain issue, we will connect and manage it!

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