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Colorado Springs Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It’s good. It’s bad. So what’s with spinal extension? Both are accurate: It is good. It’s bad. It’s the job of your Colorado Springs chiropractor to help you establish the role of extension in your Colorado Springs back pain relief plan and Colorado Springs back pain control plan moving past the current episode of back pain. Your Colorado Springs chiropractor at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is well versed in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and mobility.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most noticeable curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve concavely. Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially presses on the spinal nerves causing pain. Flexion usually allows the disc bulge to get away from the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR sets out to help decrease painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back occurs at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% occurs at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine happens at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more advanced) occurs most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion occurs, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension takes place. Colorado Springs chiropractic patients need healthy extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR respects extension and understands how it may help and harm. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs degenerate. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is essential for this when the spine is healthy enough to do extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion reduced disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension increased the disc protrusion and narrowed the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion opened the vertebral canal and reduced pain while extension worsened the stenosis and caused pain. (3) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR understands the key to getting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to apply extension.

Colorado Springs CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment incorporates extension into the Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment plan for its benefits. Cox® Technic used with the cervical spine dropped intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in the lumbar spine. (5) Extension escalated pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the highest amount the transducer could measure). (4) Dropping intradiscal pressures and back pain is what The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR does for its Colorado Springs back pain patients.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He shares how he cared for a patient whose back pain persists after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR today. Let us explore the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

 The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR knows the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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