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Exercise for Millville Back Pain Linked to the Iliopsoas Muscle

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 quite remarkable! Everything is connected…and also impacted when there is pain. Your Millville chiropractor knows well the anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic services at Wilson Family Chiropractic combine to help you control the pain and get back to your daily activities.


Can you locate your iliopsoas muscle? Know what it does? 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 links 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 Millville chiropractor has a few special ways to figure that out! Being the main hip flexor, a properly functioning iliopsoas is important. If it is tight or painful or hurt, treatments and exercises may help. (1) Your chiropractor at Wilson Family Chiropractic can help clarify the involvement of the iliopsoas and set up a treatment plan to treat it and its affiliated pain, like Millville back pain.


When dealing 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 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 documented to benefit from it. A meta-analysis of 12 studies and 410 participants found 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 beneficial. 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 appointment.

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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 Millville chiropractic appointment soon. If we discover that the iliopsoas is part of your back pain issue, we will connect and handle it!

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