Back pain patients come to New Hampshire Spine and Sport with all sorts of different issues. Some walk better than others. Some have stronger muscles than others. Some are more susceptible to depression than others. Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor
knows this and joins each back pain patient where s/he is and assesses each patient to find the difference(s) that make all the difference when putting together an alleviating chiropractic treatment plan. Tests like the 6-minute walk test that gauges the distance walked in 6 minutes and the TUG (‘time up to go’ from a seated position) test can be quite educational about musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in degenerative lumbar spine patients. Both may be affected by back pain
. (1) Back muscles that weaken and turn fatty (like the multifidus muscle tends to do) signify issues with inflammatory and regeneration processes. (Back surgeons do not like this as a inferior surgical outcome is likely.) (2)
Chiropractors understand this and encourage gentle exercise
for these back muscles as a component of the treatment plan to avert recurrent back pain that some low back disc degeneration sufferers endure. A recent study described that those who tend to experience recurrent back pain were shown to move in a different way, more causiously, likely to avoid pain. Recurrent back pain patients also suffered with higher levels of anxiety, depression, and disability as well as a lower quality of life. (3)
Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor embraces all back pain sufferers with all their peculiarities. Your chiropractor partners with each one during the current back pain event and beyond to control the back pain (emotional, physical and mental aspects), so it does not control them.
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson on how she helps a chronic back pain patient dealing with a recurrent episode of back pain with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to find relief and a sense of control over back pain to minimize recurrent back pain episodes as much as possible.
Southern New Hampshire CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH:
SNIFFING SCENTS TO REDUCE PAIN!
An interesting study of chronic low back pain patients found that odor-training helped reduce their pain thresholds. Regular exposure (every 2 hours in the research project) to scents like rose, vanilla, peach and chocolate – olfactory training! - helped ease pain. The researchers suggested that it may help ease pain chronification and quite possibly control general pain via desensitization. (4) What an enjoyable adjunct this could be to the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management! You may want to try sniffing some good scents yourself!
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