Adjustments Stimulate Back Muscles

Sitting, sitting at your computer, sitting at your computer all day… see your back is already aching. Well, sitting at desks and using computers is unfortunately a very common situation for you and your back. Fortunately, chiropractic treatments can help lower back pain (LBP).

Multifidus Muscle

The multifidus muscle is a collection of small, triangular bundles of muscles which attach along the entire length of the spinal column. Coordinating action of the multifidi on one or both sides of the vertebrae can cause the spine to extend/arch, bend sideways, or twist. A main feature of the multifidus is providing stability to segments of the spine.

Muscle Trouble

Studies have shown that the multifidus muscles play an important role in lower back pain (Freeman). The review highlights that multifidi dysfunction can cause back pain and LBP can cause multifidi to stop working properly. Additionally, trouble with multifidi can linger after LBP resolves, especially in chronic low back pain cases.

Chiropractic to the Rescue

Work by Dr. Slosberg has shown that chiropractic adjustments, the specific movement of spinal segments relative to their neighbors, can stimulate the action of the multifidus muscles. Manipulation of the spine provides stimulation to ligaments, joint capsules, and intervertebral discs that activates the very muscles that can help restore stability to the spine. Stimulating the multifidus muscles reflexively causes the muscles along the spine to turn on. Activation of the multifidi helps to restore the stabilizing effect of the muscles. Making chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce pain, restore the stabilizing function of the back muscles, and help the body maintain proper posture.

You can ease lower back pain, improve your posture, and switch on important muscles with chiropractic adjustments. These benefits can be yours. Call us to schedule today! 704-841-3833


  1. Freeman MD, Woodham MA, Woodham AW. The role of the lumbar multifidus in chronic low back pain: a review. PM R. 2010 Feb;2(2):142-6
  2. Slosberg M. How spinal manipulation activates segmental stabilization of the spine. Dynamic Chiropractic. 2010 Jul;28(16)
Comments are closed.