Palmer Chiropractic Center Knows Well the Spine and Its Connections

Nerves. Discs. Muscles. What connects them all? The spine! And back pain is a complex condition typically involving all these elements. Your Lynchburg chiropractor at Palmer Chiropractic Center appreciates all of these spinal elements. Your Lynchburg chiropractor pays great attention to each of these spinal parts. Your Lynchburg chiropractor relieves Lynchburg back pain and neck pain associated with these spinal elements with gentle chiropractic services and Cox® Technic at Palmer Chiropractic Center.


The spine is the body’s support system. The spine links everything! The spine’s bones – called vertebrae – join ligaments, muscles and discs to form this support system. 25 intervertebral discs separate the usual 33 vertebrae. Three parts comprise 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 gives the spine its flexibility and strength. (1) Seemingly off-topic but really not as these findings show just how linked 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 documented to boost the thickness of lumbar spine stabilizing muscles, transverse abdominis and lumbar multifidus muscles. (2) Palmer Chiropractic Center is amazed by what diaphragm-focused treatment does for such muscles. It all goes back to how complexly the spine is created and connected! Interesting! Palmer Chiropractic Center enjoys taking care of Lynchburg chiropractic patients’ spines every day!


Spinal nerves intertwine their paths in the spine, collecting and dispersing impulses from head to toe. The superior gluteal nerve winds its ways through the lower pelvis via 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 causes an obviously different walking and standing gait because of the gluteus medius muscle paralysis it causes. (3) Palmer Chiropractic Center back pain patients understand how sensitive these spinal nerves are and so does Palmer Chiropractic Center.


The spine depends on muscles to maintain its connections. 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 – influencing postural function and having an effect on 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’s an important 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 key to balance, maintaining the center of gravity, as well as stability. Interestingly, in a research study of women with chronic low back pain, stability exercises and balance exercises regarding the external oblique muscle increased erector spinae muscle activity and reduced pain and disability. (6) That is why Palmer Chiropractic Center customarily suggests exercise to Lynchburg back pain patients as part of the chiropractic treatment plan. Do not worry! Palmer Chiropractic Center ensures these are easy 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 treatment of low back pain with leg pain together using Cox® Technic spinal manipulation.  

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