Just a quick comment on the current
COVID-19. The CDC guidelines regarding how to cope are good. Take care of
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Chiropractic Care recommends
the same…and also suggests that you see your West Palm Beach
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let’s look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow West Palm Beach chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may provoking,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after West Palm Beach back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go together. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Inhibited
balance control is linked with less
stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of
stability is often observed in or described
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Chiropractic Care observes
each chiropractic patient meticulously throughout
their whole visit from the time you walk through
the front door, down the hall to your treatment room, and out the door again.
Observation is a valuable tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, West Palm Beach neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
studied this topic of balance and its disruption, too. New
studies described patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Chiropractic Care appreciates these tests. Some of our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we are examining
when we have them sit
in a chair and stand up from the chair and note how long
it takes them to do it! We chiropractors are a curious group! Tests like these tell
your West Palm Beach chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of such studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Chiropractic Care enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured 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 in an initial clinical trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already shown
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 manytimes
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Chiropractic Care urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and most important stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers measured
their multifidus muscles during the soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness decreased.
Those players with low back pain demonstrated
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 connected with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Chiropractic Care has some
exercise recommendations for our West Palm Beach back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. Chiropractic Care is ready to share them with you at your West Palm Beach chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Chiropractic Care
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 West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment
at Chiropractic Care today. Let Chiropractic Care play a role in
your plan to maintain and increase your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…as
well as in this unusual time of coronavirus.