Just a quick comment on the current
COVID-19. The CDC recommendations regarding how to cope are good. Look after
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR advocates
the same…and also suggests that you see your Colorado Springs
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let’s consider exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Colorado Springs chiropractic patients during
times like these may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Colorado Springs 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 associated with decreased
stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of
stability is often seen in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR observes
each chiropractic patient meticulously during
their entire visit from the time you walk in
the front door, down the hall to your treatment room, and out the door again.
Observation is a valuable tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Colorado Springs neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
examined 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.” The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR likes these tests. Some of our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we’re examining
when we ask them to sit
in a chair and stand up from the chair and note how long
it takes them to do it! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Trials like these tell
your Colorado Springs chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of similar studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR improved short-term stability measures. (1) Be
confident more studies like these
are underway, and one explicitly examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction affects
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is underway.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have previously shown
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience
falls and have balance issues. That is a big problem
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR recommends exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a well-known and very vital stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players know this! Researchers examined
their multifidus muscles throughout soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness decreased.
Those players with low back pain demonstrated
significant change at rest. (2) Australian football players with low back pain
were to have the same issue while standing as well as lying down.
(3) Both studies saw that body composition and body fat and
mass were linked to the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR has some
exercise recommendations for our Colorado Springs back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is ready to give them to you at your Colorado Springs chiropractic visit!
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
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 showcased.
Schedule your next Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment
at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR today. Let The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR play a role in
your plan to maintain and enhance your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…as
well as in this odd time of coronavirus.