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April 2022 Healthy News from The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR Words Describing Back Pain and Exercises to Strengthen the Multifidi Are Important

Your Colorado Springs chiropractor listens to every word used to describe the back pain experience to develop the proper, relieving treatment plan.

 
DESCRIPTIONS OF PAIN ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR CHIROPRACTOR

“Why do you ask me so many questions, doctor?”

Our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients are the core of our practice. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR wants to understand each you and your pain experience well, treat you well, and be sure you are satisfied with your care and outcome. That is why we have you to describe your pain to us, sometimes several times and in several different ways! Words mean different things to different people: “discomfort” to one may signify “pain” to another while “stiffness” is “pain” or “discomfort” to a another. It is true! Researchers studied just what these different words mean to patients. An example with regards to the description of “feeling”: pain signified sharp/shooting, discomfort signified dull/tingling, stiffness signified tight/restricted. (1) It's beneficial for The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR to know our patient’s experience with pain to better meet expectations and enhance satisfaction with care. Patients who went to an integrated hospital for care of their musculoskeletal pain and depressive symptoms rated their pain as 5/10 (10 being greatest pain) and reported multiple pain locations (9 of 17 participants), low back pain (13 of 17), and neck pain (8 of 17). Those are quite typical of reasons patients seek chiropractic care! In this setting, patients were satisfied with the collaboration among the various healthcare team members due to the trust they had in their physician. Patients appreciated consistency in care from a single caregiving chiropractor. (2) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR knows our patients value - and can expect - these same things from us: consistency, care, collaboration, and results!

Your Colorado Springs chiropractor listens to every word used to describe the back pain experience to develop the proper, relieving treatment plan. 

Colorado Springs CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Standing Exercise for Multifidus Muscle Strengthening Works

Back pain. It’s a simple description that may stem from a multitude of factors including the muscles of the spine, those seen and unseen. The multifidus muscles are such unseen muscles, smaller, deep muscles that run beside the spine from the neck to the sacrum. These muscles aid movements like lateral (side) flexion and rotation of the spine when contracted. (3) Recently, researchers suggested that the multifidi may be a potential source of back pain since they are found to be stiffer in low back pain sufferers. Low back pain is associated with lumbodorsal musculature (which includes the multifidus muscle) fatigue. Standing back extension exercise fatigued the multifidus well enough which may avert low back pain initiated by muscle fatigue. (4) “Superman” (on-the-floor) exercises are well known. Standing back extension and “superman” exercises are newly reported as equally beneficial in strengthening these multifidus muscles. (5) That is great news! Colorado Springs back pain sufferers can do simple, standing exercises like this anywhere! The multifidi benefit!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paula Hugulet on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes the value of improving muscle strength and function as part of back pain treatment via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR

Make your next Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment today. Your words will be heard. Your multifidus muscles will be directed in proper exercise to lessen and potentially avert back pain. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR will ask you questions, and you are encouraged to ask The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR questions, too!

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