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Exercise for Fort Wayne Back Pain Linked to the Iliopsoas Muscle

August 22, 2023

Ever think of your body in terms of the upper part and lower part? A remarkable part – the iliopsoas muscle group – connects the spine with the lower extremities. Anatomy is quite remarkable! Everything is connected…and also affected when there’s pain. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor is well aware of the anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic services at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc mix to help you control the pain and get back to your daily activities.


Can you locate your iliopsoas muscle? Know its function? If you have back pain, you might. 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 seem like it’s hip pain which makes it difficult to determine whether it is the source of pain or not, but your Fort Wayne chiropractor has a few special tests to see what’s what! Being the main hip flexor, a well-functioning iliopsoas is essential. If it is tight or painful or hurt, there are treatments and exercises to help. (1) Your chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc can help verify the involvement of the iliopsoas and establish a treatment plan to treat it and its affiliated pain, like Fort Wayne 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 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 enhancing waist function. It was also found to help pulmonary function! (2) Remember how everything is connected and the iliopsoas links the spine to 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 entangled, we can review an exercise that can help 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.

Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment soon. If we discover that the iliopsoas is contributing to your back pain problem, we will connect and manage it!

Fort Wayne Back Pain and Iliopsoas Muscle Link