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I treat A LOT of lower back pain. When folks first come in to see me it’s often because they are in acute pain, like they “threw out” their back and can’t function or some lingering chronic pain has become so insidious that they have stopped being able to enjoy something they love, like running or taking long walks. I’m always sure to ask when their back hurts the most because one red flag to me is when folks who sit a lot have low back pain when they are getting up. As an acupuncturist I’m always looking for patterns and that pain pattern is often associated with the Illiopsoas muscles. Have you heard of the Illiopsoas? It’s actually a bundle of two muscles, one the psoas that goes from the front of you lumbar spine in your low back and attaches at your inner thigh and the other the Illiacus that goes from the inside surface of your pelvic bones then bundles with the psoas at your inner thigh. These muscles are extremely strong and when they are contracted they essentially want to keep you in the fetal position, so when you stand and attempt to stretch them you are fighting against some of the strongest postural muscles in your body. Acupuncture trigger point release is a great way of getting the Illiopsoas to relax. A trigger point is a knot in a contracted and tense muscle, like the knots you can feel in the belly of the muscles in someone’s shoulders when you give them a back rub. The great thing about locating the trigger point in a muscle is that with sustained pressure or stimulation applied by an acupuncture needle the knot spontaneously releases, the muscle is able to relax and the pain often goes away. But when folks tell me they have this type of back pain they are always confused when I want to treat them face up. But if you take a look at the trigger point map you’ll remember that these muscles attach to the front of your lumbar spine, pelvis and your inner thigh so although they refer pain to your back they are easier to access by treating or stretching the front of your body. So that’s a little bit about the Illiopsoas and how acupuncture can help a common form of back pain! #backpain #acupunctureworks #bodymechanics

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