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Chiropractic Associates Knows Well the Spine and Its Connections

Nerves. Discs. Muscles. What connects them all? The spine! And back pain is a complex condition often including all these components. Your Preston chiropractor at Chiropractic Associates values all of these spinal elements. Your Preston chiropractor respects each of these spinal elements. Your Preston chiropractor decreases Preston back pain and neck pain connected to these spinal elements with gentle chiropractic services and Cox® Technic at Chiropractic Associates.


It is the body’s support system. The spine links everything! The spine’s bones – called vertebrae – link ligaments, muscles and discs to form this support system. 25 intervertebral discs separate the typical 33 vertebrae. Three parts form each disc – the gel-like, water/collagen-composed nucleus pulposus surrounded and held in place by the collagenous annulus fibrosus and two endplates on top and bottom that protect and permit nutrients into the nucleus. The disc keeps the spine flexible and strong. (1) Seemingly off-topic but really not as these findings demonstrate just how connected the spine is, more articles surface about the value of diaphragm training for muscle relaxation like the hamstring muscles. In a recent study, this training is documented to grow the thickness of lumbar spine stabilizing muscles, transverse abdominis and lumbar multifidus muscles. (2) Chiropractic Associates is amazed by what diaphragm-focused treatment does for such muscles. It all reflects on how complexly the spine is created and connected! Interesting! Chiropractic Associates likes taking care of Preston chiropractic patients’ spines every day!


Spinal nerves weave their paths in the spine, gathering and sending impulses from head to toe. The superior gluteal nerve makes its ways through the lower pelvis by the L4, L5 and S1 nerve roots in the sacral plexus. It supplies nerves to the gluteus medius, gluteus minimum and tensor fasciae latae muscles. If damaged, it often creates an obviously different walking and standing gait because of the gluteus medius muscle paralysis it causes. (3) Chiropractic Associates back pain patients know how sensitive these spinal nerves are and so does Chiropractic Associates.


The spine relies on muscles to keep it together. The psoas muscle runs along both sides of the spinal vertebral column down to the pelvis. It is deep and originates at the lumbar vertebrae, L1-L4, attaching to much more - the less trochanter of the femur, iliopsoas muscle, psoas major muscle, inconsistent psoas minor muscle, iliac fascia, iliacus muscle, and inguinal ligament – affecting postural function and influencing mood and stress disorders as a cause of low back pain. (4) The quadratus lumborum muscle is central to stability. Its deep, posterior, lateral and interior location around the spine often brings into question its contributing role in back pain. It is an essential part of the thoracolumbar fascia muscle system as it surrounds the iliac crest, the transverse processes of lumbar spine’s vertebrae and 12th rib. (5) The external oblique muscle is central to balance, maintaining the center of gravity, and stability. Interestingly, in a research study of women with chronic low back pain, stability exercises and balance exercises involving the external oblique muscle increased erector spinae muscle activity and reduced pain and disability. (6) That’s why Chiropractic Associates customarily suggests exercise to Preston back pain patients as part of the chiropractic treatment plan. Don’t worry! Chiropractic Associates makes sure these are simple and helpful for you!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lonny Skjervheim on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about chiropractic care of low back pain with leg pain together using Cox® Technic spinal manipulation.  

Schedule your chiropractic appointment today. Chiropractic Associates is your Preston back pain specialist. Chiropractic Associates applies knowledge of these amazing spinal connections to enrich the clinical pain relief outcomes for our back pain patients. Chiropractic Associates is like the spine for nerves, discs, and muscles: Chiropractic Associates connects the best of back pain research to back pain relief for you, our back pain patient. 
Chiropractic Associates appreciates how the nerves and muscles are connected to the spine and how to help relieve Preston back pain and other spine related pain when they hurt. 
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