Williamson Spine Stability Helped by Breathing and Diaphragm Training

Spinal stability is the basis for spine movement. Spinal stability protects the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Apple Country Chiropractic evaluates spinal stability in all our Williamson back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends on strong, stable musculature to do its job. New research is pointing to the role of the diaphragm and breathing in supporting spinal stability.

SPINAL STABILITY

All the numerous parts of the spine figure into spinal stability, even the slightest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Bones, discs, and ligaments in the spine contribute to all types of coupled motions of the spine and transfer proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which manages muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are hurt or otherwise in peril – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is possible. (1) That’s where your Williamson chiropractor comes into play with chiropractic spinal manipulation and an effective treatment plan incorporating exercise.

BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Chiropractic care at Apple Country Chiropractic addresses spinal stability with some typical exercise recommendations and explores the use of innovative exercise approaches like breathing that are showing some promise. Maximal abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise proved itself better at increasing spinal stability. As a breathing exercise to enhance spinal joint stability, it had a beneficial effect on increasing co-contraction and spine stability as demonstrated by significantly greater muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis. (2) Forced breathing exercise therapy enhanced trunk stability and activities of daily living in chronic low back pain patients. (3) Williamson back pain patients will value how something they do every day – done with just a little more purpose - may ease their back pain!

DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately connected, and both offer some hope in fixing spinal stability issues. Apple Country Chiropractic found some new studies on how diaphragm training addresses spinal stability. In a study of rehabilitating athletes with nonspecific low back pain, inserting diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was helped improve function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm training significantly decreased the severity of pain and also influenced the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are good in combatting Williamson back pain.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN, ICHC, FNLP, LE, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as they describe their combined treatment approach of breathing training and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped a patient find back pain relief.

Schedule your Williamson chiropractic appointment today. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way in helping keep the spine stable, easing Williamson back pain, and keeping the foundation of spinal movement well conditioned.

 
Apple Country Chiropractic describes spine stability and how new research shows that breathing and diaphragm training help with back pain. 
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