Just a short note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC recommendations regarding how to cope are good. Take care of
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Chiropractic Associates recommends
the same…and also suggests that you see your Preston
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us consider exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Preston chiropractic patients during
times like these may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine while and following your Preston back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Reduced
balance control is linked with reduced
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often noticed in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience
back pain and neck pain. Therefore, Chiropractic Associates observes
every chiropractic patient carefully throughout
their entire visit door to door.
Observation is a valuable tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Preston neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
studied this topic of balance and its disruption, too. Recent
studies described patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Chiropractic Associates is
fond of these tests. Some of our Preston chiropractic patients
will wonder what we’re looking for
when we ask them to sit
in a chair and stand up from the chair and time them! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Tests like these reveal to
your Preston chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition.
A recent analysis of similar studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Chiropractic Associates improved short-term stability measures. (1) Be certain additional studies like these
are in progress, and one explicitly examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in an initial clinical trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already documented
that numerous chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer
falls and have balance issues. That is a big problem
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they manytimes
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Chiropractic Associates recommends exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and most critical stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers studied
their multifidus muscles during the soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness decreased.
Those players with low back pain showed
significant change at rest. (2) Australian football players with low back pain
were to have the same issue while standing and at rest.
(3) Both studies saw that body composition and body fat and
mass were connected with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Chiropractic Associates has some
exercise recommendations for our Preston back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. Chiropractic Associates is ready to give them to you at your Preston chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Chiropractic Associates
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Marc Baker on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. The value of The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for back pain and neck pain
patients’ recovery is highlighted.
Schedule your next Preston chiropractic appointment
at Chiropractic Associates today. Let Chiropractic Associates be part of
your plan to maintain and improve your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this odd time of coronavirus.