Disc degeneration and muscle degeneration often co-exist.
Muscles degenerate just like discs do. And Chiropractic Care offers a one-two relieving
punch for them both: spinal manipulation and exercise
. Chiropractic Care observes the trend: Chicago
neck pain and back pain patients gain more when their Chicago
includes diverse approaches to pain relief like spinal
manipulation, exercise, nutrition, etc. New and old research supports this
While it’s not a new finding that muscle degeneration is as
common as disc degeneration or that they often co-exist, it’s
clearly important for all of us – doctors and patients alike – to understand. As
far back as 1992, Parkkola reported this phenomenon as it relates to low back
pain. As a matter of fact, he pointed out that muscle degeneration can be seen
on MRI. Now, your Chicago chiropractor can also see it clinically without
an MRI: fatty deposits around the spine and muscle weakness give it
away. (1) For this reason, Chiropractic Care often encourages Chicago
back pain and neck pain patients to exercise and strengthen their spinal
muscles with some basic exercises that aren’t hard but are effective. Via exercise
combined with the spinal manipulation Chiropractic Care offers, pain relief may
be within reach.
So first, exercise. Exercise for neck pain patients is
important. This is particularly true for post-whiplash patients. New research
shows that neck exercises significantly improved patients’ neck disability
index scores as well as their self-efficacy scale and their health related
quality of life scores. (2) So, our
Chicago chiropractic patients, it’s important to do exercises that
are a suggested part of your Chicago chiropractic care program.
Now, the other part of the Chicago chiropractic
care program is spinal manipulation. Chiropractic Care offers spinal manipulation
as a core part of the treatment plan. A recent study of senior patients with
chronic neck pain ties spinal manipulative therapy with home exercise to
greater pain reduction. Now, the home exercise is self-directed which makes it
simple. A comparison group had supervised home exercise, but that didn’t show
any better outcomes than the self-directed home exercise with spinal manipulation!
(3) Chicago chiropractic patients
find our Cox Technic spinal manipulation to be relieving, gentle, safe and segment specific.
So contact Chiropractic Care today for your spinal pain which
likely include muscle degeneration as well as disc degeneration. The
Chicago chiropractic spinal manipulation plus exercise just may be
the relieving combination you’re looking for!