West Des Moines Low Back Pain May Be Relieved with Care of the Diaphragm

The diaphragm and back pain. What’s the connection? Interesting! Researching clinicians have been describing how manipulation affects the diaphragm and its capacity to influence and improve non-specific back pain. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa includes this data into its West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan to reduce West Des Moines non-specific low back pain.


Chronic non-specific low back pain is back pain that has been annoying for more than three months and does not appear to have a specific cause. Typical care is education and reassurance, analgesic meds, and non-pharmacological therapies. Formal medical care is not typically required though imaging, opioids and surgery are often overused. (1) Visceral fascial limitations, restrictions of the deep fibrous connective tissues enclosing muscles, bones, nerves, arteries and veins), may produce pain in the lumbar spine. Treating patients who experience non-specific low back pain with manipulation and exercise may help. (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees West Des Moines low back pain patients like this. Such pain is many times frustrating for patients, and Executive Chiropractic of Iowa can often help.


An interesting approach chiropractic’s collegial profession of osteopathy uses and publishes cases and explanations of its success in reducing non-specific low back pain is treating the diaphragm, that dome-shaped muscular structure that separates the thoracic (chest) and abdominal areas of the body. The diaphragm originates along the lumbar vertebrae of the spine and connects to the lower ribs. (3) It moves when we breathe. Stretching the diaphragm notably improves cervical spine extension, right and left cervical spine flexion, flexibility of the posterior chain (the muscles of the backside of the body) and ribcage movement at the xiphoid level (the bottom tip of the chest’s sternum). (4) Using manipulation and treating the diaphragm created significant improvement in pain and disability for patients with non-specific chronic low back pain. (5) Treating the thoracic spine (mid-back) with mobilization along with treatment of the low back specifically plus breathing exercises for non-specific chronic low back pain improves respiration and lessens disability for these patients. (6) Such improvements are very welcomed by sufferers with West Des Moines non-specific low back pain.

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Executive Chiropractic of Iowa recognizes the relationship of the diaphragm to the body and spine and back pain.  
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