Stretching this one muscle could help reduce your lower back pain
Difficulty bending down to lift objects off the floor. Pain when taking your pooch for a stroll. Discomfort when romping with your kids or grandkids. These are all issues that people may face daily when they’re living with lower back pain.
This type of pain is also referred to as lumbar pain, and it’s far more common than many people realize. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 31 million Americans are being affected by lumbar pain at any given time. One reason so many people have lower back pain that needs treatment is that their iliopsoas muscles are tight.
What is the iliopsoas muscle?
It’s likely you’ve never heard of the iliopsoas muscle; consequently, you may not have considered it the reason you need treatment for lower back pain.
The iliopsoas muscle runs from the lower spine to the front of the femur just below the hip joint. There are actually two of these muscles, and they perform multiple jobs. Some of the functions the iliopsoas muscles perform are:
- Flexing your hip to lift the leg upward
- Bending the lower spine to one side
- Bending the lower spine backward
- Bending the lower spine forward
How can a tight iliopsoas muscle cause you to seek lower back pain treatment?
Tightness in the iliopsoas muscles can easily lead to lower back pain that needs treatment. Lack of flexibility in these muscles can cause the lower spine to be misaligned. In turn, this can place extra stress on other lower back structures. The added stress on your spine can suddenly turn into pain when you bend down to pick up a box of files at work. Or, it can lead to progressive inflammation, which can also cause pain.
Franklin Rehabilitation offers many options for treating iliopsoas-related lower back pain
Think you might have a tight iliopsoas muscle that’s causing your lumbar pain? Our Franklin Rehabilitation team is ready to spring into action to help you. We offer complimentary screenings that can help reveal tight iliopsoas muscles and other impairments that can cause back pain. Our team also excels at building personalized treatment plans designed to reduce lower back pain.
Such a plan may include therapy techniques like:
- Therapeutic stretching exercises such as the one demonstrated in this video
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Movement retraining
You can even come see us about treating your lumbar pain without the hassle of getting a referral from your doctor.
Take the next step to start getting our help with your lumbar pain. Contact our team today for more information about how we can help you or to schedule your complimentary screening.