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Exercise for Baton Rouge Back Pain Linked to the Iliopsoas Muscle

August 22, 2023

Ever think of your body in terms of the upper part and lower part? An interesting 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 Baton Rouge chiropractor knows well the anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic services at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers combine to help you control the pain and get back to your daily activities.


Do you know where the iliopsoas muscle is? Know its function? If you suffer with back pain, you may. The iliopsoas is actually a deep muscle group composed 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 Baton Rouge chiropractor has a few special tests to figure that out! Being the main hip flexor, a well-functioning iliopsoas is essential. If it is tight or painful or hurt, treatments and exercises may help. (1) Your chiropractor at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers can help clarify the involvement of the iliopsoas and set up a treatment plan to treat it and its affiliated pain, like Baton Rouge back pain.


When suffering with back pain, sufferers want 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. 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 found 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 connects 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 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 describes the treatment of chronic back pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. If we discover that the iliopsoas is part of your back pain issue, we will connect and manage it!

Baton Rouge Back Pain and Iliopsoas Muscle Link