Had back pain before? Yes? It
is natural to fear its return, but don’t let it stop your life! This time of year, just think of Santa. Think he’s experienced
back pain before lugging all those packages
and parcels? Vancouver Disc Centers imagines so!
Santa cannot quit, and neither can you. Vancouver
chiropractic care can help manage new back pain and chronic
back pain and direct our Vancouver back pain
sufferers to live
a bit more fear-lessly and confidently this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Vancouver chiropractor knows
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers analyzed this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also influences postural sway or balance by disrupting hip balance control, causing weight shifting from
side to side to keep balance. (1) What’s an unwanted
result of being off-balance? A fall. Vancouver Disc Centers
finds it very critical to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – stay balanced and upright!
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND DECREASE FEAR
“There is an app for that!” Just what our
older Vancouver chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can frustrate some of its users,
particularly some older users, it can help! The novel
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is available.
Researchers have documented that it is able to measure
age-related differences in balance not typically noted during clinical exam measurements like postural stability,
step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can help
healthcare providers like your chiropractor create a more beneficial
and individualized treatment plan to decrease fear of movement and
improve balance. This is quite hopeful, so much so that chiropractic
researchers are exerting more research effort
to measure 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 improved
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Vancouver Disc Centers offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to keep
our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
A new nutrition discovery this month
may also aid this effort. It comes from researchers evaluating
levels of biomarkers – C-reactive protein, vitamin D, neuropeptide Y and others
- in low back pain patients tested with 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 respected randomized control study
found a link between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients cared for with
spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
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.
Make your Vancouver chiropractic
appointment soon. Calling all our Vancouver 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!