Had back pain before? Yes? It
is common to fear its recurrence, but don’t let it slow you down! This holiday
season, consider Santa. Think he’s experienced
back pain before lugging all those boxes and bags? Minster Chiropractic Center imagines so!
Santa can’t quit, and neither can you. Minster
chiropractic care can help you deal with new back pain and chronic
back pain and guide our Minster back pain
sufferers to live
a bit more fear-lessly and confidently this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Minster chiropractor knows
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers analyzed this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also affects postural sway or balance by disrupting hip balance control, bringing about weight shifting from
side to side to keep balance. (1) What’s an undesirable
result of being unbalanced? A fall. Minster Chiropractic Center
finds it very critical to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – stay balanced and upright!
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND DECREASE FEAR
“There’s an app for that!” Just what our
older Minster chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can frustrate some of its users,
especially some older users, it can help! The novel
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is offered.
Researchers have documented that it is able to track
age-related differences in balance not typically noted via clinical exam measurements like postural stability,
step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can assist
healthcare providers like your chiropractor create a more beneficial
and individualized treatment plan to reduce fear of movement and
improve balance. This is quite hopeful, so much so that chiropractic
researchers are exerting more research effort
to quantify the benefits of multimodal chiropractic care in its
ability to affect gait, balance and/or fall risk and
prevention. (3) One encouraging study with older lumbar spinal
stenosis patients (average age 83.5 years) found that their postural sway and
entropy as well as function and symptomatology were improved
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Minster Chiropractic Center offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to keep
our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
A new nutrition finding this month
may also aid this effort. It comes from researchers evaluating
levels of biomarkers – C-reactive protein, vitamin D, neuropeptide Y and others
- in low back pain patients tested using blood tests with pain
and disability. Vitamin D which keeps appearing in many health
news reports today also seems to be a potential biomarker for
back pain relief and disability. A respected randomized control study
found a relationship between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients treated with
spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Joel Dixon on The Back Doctors
Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates his helping
a Vietnam veteran manage his back pain for 20 years,
incorporating the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your Minster chiropractic
appointment soon. Calling all our Minster back pain patients!
Bring us your back pain and your fear of back pain, bending and falling. We can
help you manage them as well as Santa fearlessly and efficiently delivers
all his presents in one night!