The psoas, along with the gluteus maximus and the piriformis, is one of the three primary muscles responsible for connecting the spine to the lower body. These muscles support a crucial intersection in the body and they are often implicated in lower back pain. Let’s take a look at the psoas in a little more detail. The psoas attaches the lumbar vertebrae to the femur, by way of the iliacus muscle. It creates a natural pull on the lumbar vertebrae which helps form the lordotic curve that gives your spine strength and balance; this curvature is crucial in your spine’s ability to support the weight of your upper body. The psoas is heavily activated during standing and walking, which is why a sit-heavy lifestyle is so bad for it.
So what does trusting your body truly mean? Confidence in your body is determined by being secure in the knowledge that the muscles and structures involved in a certain sport can be exposed to exceeding levels of stress without breaking. As an athlete, you are working constantly to improve your baseline of strength and mobility; when it comes time to ask your body for that extra ounce of performance, all you have is the faith that you’ve done enough to set yourself up for it. This is the performance flow that all athletes are looking for- the perfect balance of circumstances that helps them get to the next level. Chiropractic helps you find that performance flow! Read on to find out how.
At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we are all for using yoga to prevent and manage back pain. Yoga and chiropractic line up on quite a few of their core tenets including a natural and holistic approach to healthcare, mindfulness, and a focus on relaxation. In the whole spectrum of exercise, yoga is one of the most effective disciplines for people who have back pain. As with all exercise, however, you need to know which moves are beneficial and which moves will actually worsen your condition. Read on to find out how to effectively use yoga to account for back pain.
The core is so much more than people give it credit for; it is a network of muscle groups that are active in just about every move you make throughout the day. No matter what your primary activities are, the core is being subject to constant pressure; even when you are sitting perfectly at rest, your core is active in trying to maintain some semblance of posture to support the spine. Too many people misunderstand the core as a primary mover- as a group of muscles that initiates action, or produces force. While this is a function of the core, it is an auxiliary function and training your core this way doesn‘t necessarily help your spine!
Stiff, sore necks are no longer the exclusive domain of the office worker- with a cell phone in seemingly everyone’s hand, neck pain is more prevalent than ever. To make things even worse, forward head syndrome is more pervasive than ever: the way we interact with every electronic device often involves us subconsciously holding our heads forward and increasing the amount of downward pressure on our spines. In summation, our jobs, habits and recreational activites are putting a serious pain in our neck. So what are we to do?