GENTLE, COMFORTABLE TREATMENT OF HYPERKYPHOSIS AND THE THORACIC SPINE
The spine has its own normal curvature or kyphosis. New Hampshire Spine and Sport knows the spine’s curves quite well! Most Southern New Hampshire chiropractic clients don’t think about the spine’s curve, its normalcy or its function, until there is an issue caused by a curve that gets “too” curvy. Consider the thoracic spine, the upper back part of the spine. Its normal kyphosis ranges from 20 to 40 degrees in young people. For 20% to 40% of over-60-year-old adults, this kyphosis is documented to grow beyond 40°. This is termed “age-related kyphosis” or “hyperkyphosis” which affects both men and women but is more often described to affect women who have more functional disorders like decreased back extensor muscle strength and ability to use erector spinal muscles in addition to poor health issues. (1,2) Spinal manipulation and mobilization of the thoracic spine are common approaches chiropractors use to treat musculoskeletal issues in older adults with conditions like hyperkyphosis. Older spines successfully received the SMM forces similar to younger spines in research studies. (3) Luckily, research describes manual therapy as effective to decrease and avert musculoskeletal problems due to thoracic hyperkyphosis. A recent report noted that such therapy adjusted the thoracic kyphosis angle, thoracic extension range of motion, and thoracic extension strength. (4) And an extra: Thoracic mobilization is shown to boost diaphragmatic excursion and respiratory function to control and prevent respiratory dysfunction in patients with thoracic hyperkyphosis. (5) Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor delivers gentle, effective, distractive thoracic spine manipulation that is both hyperkyphosis-relieving and comfortable. Once you feel it, you will want more!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Joseph D’Angiolillo on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains gentle distraction treatment of thoracic pain with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Southern New Hampshire CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Get Care for Spinal Stenosis Sooner Than Later!
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common diagnosis for older Southern New Hampshire adults. It is associated with a higher utilization of healthcare services. And surgery isn’t always the solution according to a study that reported how 1 in 3 lumbar spinal stenosis patients had a poor clinical outcome after surgery. Moreover, 36.1% of 529 patients had a poor leg pain outcome while 27.6% had a poor overall outcome. Encouragingly, patients who exercised on a regular basis and those who got pre-operative chiropractic or physiotherapy care were not as likely to report a poor overall outcome. (6) A recent study reported that receiving such non-operative care starting within the first 30 days of diagnosis reduced the use of riskier and more costly health care services in the following year. Less than 2% of Medicare beneficiaries got such care in a timely fashion. (7) Lastly, manual manipulation for 8 weeks was reported to be effective for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis by decreasing their pain and bettering their function. (8) New Hampshire Spine and Sport is ready to get started caring for your spinal stenosis today, non-operatively and safely.
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Make your next Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment today. Spinal conditions like thoracic spine hyperkyphosis and lumbar spinal stenosis react well to chiropractic treatment!