Just a quick comment on the current
COVID-19. The CDC recommendations about best strategies to
cope are good. Look after
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Vancouver Disc Centers advocates
the same…and also suggests that you see your Vancouver
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us consider exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Vancouver chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may provoking,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Vancouver 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 linked with less
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often noticed in or described
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Vancouver Disc Centers watches
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, Vancouver 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.” Vancouver Disc Centers appreciates these tests. Some of our Vancouver chiropractic patients
will wonder what we’re looking for
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 Vancouver chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of similar studies reported
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at
Vancouver Disc Centers enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Be
confident more studies like these
are underway, and one explicitly examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction alters
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is underway.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already shown
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer
falls and have balance issues. That is a foremost issue
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they manytimes
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Vancouver Disc Centers urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a known and most vital stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get 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 demonstrated
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 noted that body composition and body fat and
mass were linked to the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Vancouver Disc Centers has some
exercise recommendations for our Vancouver back pain patients to boost
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Vancouver Disc Centers is ready to give them to you at your Vancouver chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
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 Vancouver chiropractic appointment
at Vancouver Disc Centers today. Let Vancouver Disc Centers be part of
your plan to maintain and increase your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and throughout this unusual time of coronavirus.