Severe low back is often due to psoas and iliacus muscles spasm. These muscles are often referred to as "hip flexors", however they also bend and rotate the spine. A spasm of these muscles can recruit other muscles into spasm such as the abdominal muscles.
This type of spasm often occurs after an injury, after overworking the low back muscles and also after sitting for an extended period of time such as in a car or plane. Typically, a person with a psoas spasm will feel better while sitting, then when they arise from a chair they may need two or three steps before then can straighten to standing. Often a patient will have one side that is in spasm. These patients will either be flexed laterally or have their shoulders quite dramatically off to one side in relation to where their hips are.
About 60% of severe low back pain that I see in my Chiropractic office is due to low back muscle spasm. The psoas muscle is attached to the front of the vertebra and discs and can pull them out of place causing severe pain. A low back spasm can become chronic, so it is important to relax the muscle then improve core strength.
Psoas and Iliopsoas Muscle Spasm Home Protocol
1.) Avoid Sitting especially long drives in car or on plane - If you must, don't drive and lean passenger car seat back as far as possible.
2.) Avoid walking long distances except around the house
3.) Wear a back brace if it helps
4.) Stretch Hip Flexor Muscles: Leg off side of bed, remember to bend opposite knee to protect/flatten low back curve.
5.) Do these Home Exercises to Align Your Sacroiliac Joints (2-3 x per day) to your comfort level.
6.) Gentle Core Exercises (2-3 x per day
8.) Heat on Low Back and/or Lower Abdomen:
10.) Try Muscle Relaxers:
Kelley LeBlanc, D.C.
Kelley Chiropractic and Wellness
Village at Wexford
1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Ste K100
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
11/8/2019 1 Comment
11/8/19 Case Study: Successful treatment of severe low back pain due to spasm using chiropractic and Subconscious Emotional Release.
Female patient with constant severe low back pain (LBP). Used supine relative leg length analysis to ask yes/no questions. We established that for her, while supine, her the right leg becoming short meant "Yes". Legs staying even meant "No". Since a patient has no conscious control over leg length, it is assumed the answers to these questions come at a subconscious level.
The following questions were asked:
Continued to determine several factors:
Those factors as well as eye placement, touch on meridian points and breath were used to stimulate multiple neuro pathways at once. The goal is to weaken/unlock the underlying subconscious neuro pattern to allow feeling(s) to arise, so that they can be processed. The unlocked subsconscious pattern can also be processed via dreams.
Post Adjustment: Patient had 0/10 pain and was able to move normally.
Most severe back pain is due to muscle spasm. Do these exercises 3 to 4 times per day. If any of these movements are uncomfortable, back off to the point that they are easy. If you can't do any of these movements, come see us. We can diagnose the underlying cause of your back pain. Book online now.
Extreme pain in your legs or back may be due to disc herniation or a pinched sciatic nerve (sciatica).
Caring for Sciatica / Disc Herniation
The video below shows a very gentle way to traction the discs of the low back. It takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve and helps the disc to heal by pulling fluid and nutrition into the disc. Do this exercise as often as you like. It may be one of the few positions that is comfortable for you.
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