Had back pain before? Yes? It’s common to fear its return, but don’t let it hijack your life! This time of year, just think of Santa. Think he’s experienced
back pain before delivering all those packages
and parcels? Back And Neck Care Center expects he has!
Santa can’t quit, and neither can you. Severna Park
chiropractic care can help you deal with new back pain and chronic
back pain and direct our Severna Park back pain
sufferers to live
a bit more fear-lessly and confidently this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Severna Park chiropractor knows
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers looked
into this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also influences postural sway or balance by interfering
with hip balance control, causing weight shifting from
side to side to keep balance. (1) What is an undesirable
effect of being unbalanced? A fall. Back And Neck Care Center
finds it very critical to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – to keep
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND REDUCE FEAR
“There is an app for that!” Just what our
older Severna Park chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can annoy a few of its users,
particularly some older users, it can help! The novel
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is available.
Researchers have verified that it is able to assess
age-related differences in balance not typically picked
up via clinical exam measurements like postural stability,
step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can help
healthcare providers like your chiropractor design 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 doing more research study
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 better
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Back And Neck Care Center offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to help our patients keep moving fearlessly and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
One new nutrition finding this month
may also aid this effort. It comes from researchers analyzing
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 appears in many health
news reports today also seems to be a potential biomarker for
back pain relief and disability. A reliable 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) One day, we may do blood tests to check
for back pain risks!
CONTACT Back And Neck Care 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 deal with his back pain for 20 years,
incorporating the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Severna Park chiropractic
appointment soon. Calling all our Severna Park back pain patients!
Bring us your back pain and your fear of back pain, bending and falling. We can
help you handle them as well as Santa fearlessly and efficiently delivers
all his packages in a single night!