Executive Chiropractic of Iowa Knows Well the Spine and Its Connections

Nerves. Discs. Muscles. The spine connects them all! And back pain is a complex condition often involving all these components. Your West Des Moines chiropractor at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa appreciates all of these spinal elements. Your West Des Moines chiropractor pays great attention to each of these spinal parts. Your West Des Moines chiropractor relieves West Des Moines back pain and neck pain associated with these spinal elements with gentle chiropractic services and Cox® Technic at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa.


It is the body’s support system. The spine unites everything! The spine’s bones – called vertebrae – connect ligaments, muscles and discs to make up this support system. 25 intervertebral discs are between each of the typical 33 vertebrae. Three parts make up 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 safeguard and permit nutrients into the nucleus. The disc gives the spine its flexibility and strength. (1) Seemingly off-topic but really not as these findings demonstrate just how connected the spine is, more articles surface about the importance of diaphragm training for muscle relaxation like the hamstring muscles. In a new study, this training is shown to increase the thickness of lumbar spine stabilizing muscles, transverse abdominis and lumbar multifidus muscles. (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is amazed by what diaphragm-focused treatment does for such muscles. It all goes back to how intricately the spine is designed and connected! Interesting! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa enjoys taking care of West Des Moines chiropractic patients’ spines every day!


Spinal nerves intertwine their ways throughout the spine, gathering and sending impulses from head to toe. The superior gluteal nerve makes its ways through the lower pelvis via the L4, L5 and S1 nerve roots in the sacral plexus. It innervates the gluteus medius, gluteus minimum and tensor fasciae latae muscles. If injured, it usually creates an unmistakable walking and standing gait because of the gluteus medius muscle paralysis it causes. (3) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa back pain patients know how sensitive these spinal nerves are and so does Executive Chiropractic of Iowa.


The spine relies on muscles to maintain its connections. The psoas muscle passes along both sides of the spinal vertebral column down to the pelvis. It’s 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 – influencing postural function and influencing mood and stress disorders as a reason for low back pain. (4) The quadratus lumborum muscle is essential to stability. Its deep, posterior, lateral and interior location around the spine often brings into question its contributing role in back pain. It’s 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, as well as stability. Notably, 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 decreased pain and disability. (6) That’s why Executive Chiropractic of Iowa routinely recommends exercise to West Des Moines back pain patients as part of the chiropractic treatment plan. Don’t worry! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa makes sure these are easy and effective 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 treatment of low back pain with leg pain together using Cox® Technic spinal manipulation.  

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