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Vancouver Spine Stability Helped by Breathing and Diaphragm Training

Spinal stability is the base for spine movement. Spinal stability safeguards the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Vancouver Disc Centers evaluates spinal stability in all our Vancouver back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability relies 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 various parts of the spine contribute to spinal stability, even the slightest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Ligaments, bones, and discs in the spine supply all types of coupled motions of the spine and conduct proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which manages muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are damaged or otherwise in peril – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is possible. (1) That is where your Vancouver chiropractor comes into play with chiropractic spinal manipulation and a helpful treatment plan incorporating exercise.

BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Chiropractic care at Vancouver Disc Centers addresses spinal stability with some typical exercise recommendations and looks at the use of innovative exercise methods 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 increase spinal joint stability, it had a beneficial effect on improving co-contraction and spine stability as shown by significantly larger muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis. (2) Forced breathing exercise therapy improved trunk stability and activities of daily living in chronic low back pain patients. (3) Vancouver back pain patients will appreciate how something they do every day – done with just a bit more thought - may ease their back pain!

DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately intertwined, and both offer some hope in addressing spinal stability issues. Vancouver Disc Centers came across some new studies on how diaphragm training addresses spinal stability. In a study of the rehabilitation of athletes with nonspecific low back pain, adding diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was beneficial in improving function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm training significantly reduced the severity of pain and also affected the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are good in tackling Vancouver 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 realize back pain relief.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment today. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way towards keeping the spine stable, decreasing Vancouver back pain, and keeping the foundation of spinal movement intact.

 
Vancouver Disc Centers describes spine stability and how new research shows that breathing and diaphragm training help with back pain. 
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