Just a quick note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC guidelines about best strategies to
cope are good. Look after
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Back And Neck Care Center recommends
the same…and also suggests that you see your Severna Park
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Severna Park chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Severna Park back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go together. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Reduced
balance control is connected with less
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often seen in or described
by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Back And Neck Care Center observes
each chiropractic patient carefully throughout
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 valuable tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Severna Park 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.” Back And Neck Care Center is
fond of these tests. Some of our Severna Park chiropractic patients
will wonder what we are looking for
when we have them sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and time them! We chiropractors are an inquisitive group! Tests like these tell
your Severna Park chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
A recent analysis of similar studies reported
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Back And Neck Care Center enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured more studies like these
are in progress, and one specifically examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences
these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in an initial clinical trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already shown
that numerous chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience
falls and have balance issues. That is a foremost issue
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Back And Neck Care Center urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and very critical stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers studied
their multifidus muscles throughout soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness decreased.
Those players with low back pain showed
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 linked to the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Back And Neck Care Center has some
exercise recommendations for our Severna Park back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Back And Neck Care Center is ready to show them
to you at your Severna Park chiropractic appointment!
CONTACT Back And Neck Care 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 showcased.
Schedule your next Severna Park chiropractic appointment
at Back And Neck Care Center today. Let Back And Neck Care Center play a role in
your plan to sustain and enhance your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…as
well as throughout this unusual time of coronavirus.