Just a quick note on the current COVID-19. The CDC guidelines about coping are good. Look after yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. New Hampshire Spine and Sport endorses the same…and adds see your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us consider exercise to not only stabilize YOU and your fellow Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients during times like these may provoking, but exercise to stabilize your spine during and after Southern New Hampshire back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go together. 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 observed in or reported by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience back pain and neck pain. For this reason, New Hampshire Spine and Sport watches each chiropractic patient carefully throughout 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 helpful tool in the management of back pain and related leg pain, Southern New Hampshire neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers studied this topic of balance and its disruption, too. New studies reported on patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” New Hampshire Spine and Sport appreciates these tests. Some of our Southern New Hampshire 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 note how long it takes them to do it! We chiropractors are an inquisitive group! Tests like these tell your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor much about your spinal condition. Another analysis of similar studies reported that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at New Hampshire Spine and Sport improved short-term stability measures. (1) Be confident additional studies like these are underway, and one explicitly examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back pain patients is underway.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have previously documented that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience falls and have balance issues. That is a big issue for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and worse balance and muscle strength. (1) New Hampshire Spine and Sport urges our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a recognized and very vital stabilizer for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers examined 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 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. New Hampshire Spine and Sport has some exercise recommendations for our Southern New Hampshire back pain patients to boost their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and stability. New Hampshire Spine and Sport is ready to give them to you at your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic visit!
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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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment at New Hampshire Spine and Sport today. Let New Hampshire Spine and Sport be part of your plan to sustain and enhance your stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this unusual time of coronavirus.