Exercise for Easley Back Pain Linked to the Iliopsoas Muscle

August 22, 2023

Ever think of your body in two parts: the upper and lower? A remarkable part – the iliopsoas muscle group – attaches the spine with the lower extremities. Anatomy is quite cool! Everything is connected…and also impacted when there is pain. Your Easley chiropractor knows well the anatomy of back pain and all the affected, connected parts. The chiropractic services at Young Chiropractic combine to help you control the pain and get back to your daily activities.


Do you know where the iliopsoas muscle is? Know what it does? 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 links the spine to the lower extremities. Its pain may seem like it’s hip pain which makes it hard to figure out whether it is the source of pain or not, but your Easley chiropractor has a few special tests to figure that out! Being the main hip flexor, a properly functioning iliopsoas is important. If it’s tight or painful or injured, there are treatments and exercises to help. (1) Your chiropractor at Young Chiropractic can help clarify the involvement of the iliopsoas and set up a treatment plan to treat it and its associated pain, like Easley back pain.


When dealing with back pain, sufferers want 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. 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 enhancing waist function. It was also found to help pulmonary function! (2) Remember how everything is connected and the iliopsoas connects 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 culprit for which PNF is useful. 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 entangled, we can go over 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 describes the treatment of chronic back pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment today. If we discover that the iliopsoas is contributing to your back pain issue, we’ll connect and manage it!

Easley Back Pain and Iliopsoas Muscle Link