Just a quick note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC recommendations about coping are good. Look after
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Apple Country Chiropractic suggests
the same…and also suggests that you see your Williamson
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us consider exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Williamson chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may provoking,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Williamson 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 connected with reduced
stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of
stability is often observed in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Apple Country Chiropractic observes
every chiropractic patient meticulously during
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 helpful tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Williamson neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
studied this topic of balance and its disruption, too. New
studies reported on patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Apple Country Chiropractic likes these tests. Some of our Williamson chiropractic patients
will wonder what we’re examining
when we ask them to sit
in a chair and stand up from the chair and time them! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Trials like these tell
your Williamson chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition.
A recent analysis of such studies reported
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Apple Country Chiropractic improved short-term stability measures. (1) Be certain more studies like these
are underway, and one specifically studying how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences
these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back
pain patients is underway.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have previously documented
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience
falls and have balance issues. That is a big problem
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and worse balance and
muscle strength. (1) Apple Country Chiropractic urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and most vital stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players know this! Researchers examined
their multifidus muscles throughout soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness diminished.
Those players with low back pain exhibited
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. Apple Country Chiropractic has some
exercise recommendations for our Williamson back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. Apple Country Chiropractic is ready to give them to you at your Williamson chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
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 Williamson chiropractic appointment
at Apple Country Chiropractic today. Let Apple Country Chiropractic be part of
your plan to sustain and enhance your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this unusual time of coronavirus.