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. Minster Chiropractic Center suggests
the same…and adds see your Minster
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Minster chiropractic patients during
times like these may provoking,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Minster back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Reduced
balance control is linked with decreased
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often noticed in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Minster Chiropractic Center watches
each chiropractic patient carefully during
their entire visit from the time you walk in
the front door, down the hall to your treatment room, and out the door again.
Observation is a helpful tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Minster neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
examined this topic of balance and its disruption, too. Recent
studies reported on patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Minster Chiropractic Center is
fond of these tests. Some of our Minster chiropractic patients
will wonder what we’re examining
when we ask them to sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and note how long
it takes them to do it! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Trials like these tell
your Minster chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of similar studies stated
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at
Minster Chiropractic Center enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured more studies like these
are underway, and one specifically looking
at how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in its first trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already shown
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer
falls and have balance issues. That is a foremost problem
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Minster Chiropractic Center recommends exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and very vital stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players know this! Researchers studied
their multifidus muscles during the soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness diminished.
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 said that body composition and body fat and
mass were associated with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Minster Chiropractic Center has some
exercise recommendations for our Minster back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. Minster Chiropractic Center is ready to share them with you at your Minster chiropractic appointment!
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
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 highlighted.
Schedule your next Minster chiropractic appointment
at Minster Chiropractic Center today. Let Minster Chiropractic Center be part of
your plan to sustain and enhance your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…as
well as throughout this odd time of coronavirus.