Sitting too long. Working on a computer for for too long. Flexing over a project for a long time. All sorts of positional issues may initiate back pain or neck pain. Spine researchers discuss flexion relaxation ratios (FRR) and flexion relaxation phenomena (FRP) that arise with such back and neck irritations. New Hampshire Spine and Sport is ready to help reduce Southern New Hampshire neck pain and back pain with our chiropractic services as well as help troubleshoot ways to reduce the risk of pain when doing motions you must do all the time or movements you want to do occasionally but know they’re irritating to your back or neck.
LUMBAR SPINE and LOW BACK PAIN: Sitting
The curiosity of spinal pain researchers brings about some research-provoking questions like does sitting for an hour bring about pain in patients who have had back pain before (but do not have back pain currently) versus those without. They did not see a difference in the flexion relaxation ratio (FRR) they measured but think that may be because an hour was not long enough to trigger pain in the history-of-back-pain patients. (1) Hum? A reduction of the paraspinal muscle activity at maximum flexion demonstrates the related flexion relaxation phenomenon (FRP). An analysis of 48 published studies on this topic documented that nonspecific low back pain patients’ FRP was modified. Compared to asymptomatic patients, this variation was significant. (2) New Hampshire Spine and Sport looks at these types of issues when examining our Southern New Hampshire back pain patients and neck pain patients.
CERVICAL SPINE and NECK PAIN
FRP and FRR can be measured in neck pain patients as well. In comparison to the lumbar spine’s FRP and FFR, differences in the reaction of cervical spine muscles were noted in patients with pain versus volunteers who don’t have pain. The cervical flexion relaxation phenomenon was noted in neck extensor muscles when in flexion. Persistent muscle contraction due to reduced flexion relaxation places vertebral structures at risk due to too much loading. 84% of healthy subjects had FRP while only 36% of in-pain patients did. FRR was less in neck pain patientsas well. (3) Further, when contrasting computer workers with neck pain to those without neck pain to those who do not computer work, researchers deduced that computer use could increase the use of the semispinalis capitis during neck extension, making it a potential predictor of symptomatic neck musculoskeletal disorders as its activation was seen in both types of computer users’ necks. (4) Such a finding is useful to healthcare providers like your chiropractor to see what this muscle does on extension and guide our patients on how to improve the cervical extensor muscles.
RELIEF FOR NECK AND BACK PAIN
Cox® Technic is gentle, relieving Southern New Hampshire chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain. Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Sean Delahunt on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with neck pain.
CONTACT New Hampshire Spine and Sport
Make your next Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment with New Hampshire Spine and Sport. For relief of spine pain due to positional activities, our treatment plan eases the pain and offers tips on how to reduce the risk of pain while doing what you want and have to do.