Call us to set up an appointment! 360-260-6903

Vancouver Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It is valuable. It is harmful. So what’s with extension for the spine? Both are accurate: It’s good. It is bad. It is the job of your Vancouver chiropractor to help you figure out the role of extension in your Vancouver back pain relief plan and Vancouver back pain control plan moving past the existing episode of back pain. Your Vancouver chiropractor at Vancouver Disc Centers is well experienced in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and motion.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most noticeable curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve concavely. Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially pushes on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Flexion often allows the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. Vancouver Disc Centers intends to help decrease painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back occurs at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% happens at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine happens at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more advanced) occurs most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion takes place, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension takes place. Vancouver chiropractic patients need healthy extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Vancouver Disc Centers respects extension and understands how it may help and harm. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs degenerate. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is necessary for this when the spine is healthy enough to perform extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion reduced disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension increased the disc protrusion and narrowed the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion widened the vertebral canal and relieved pain while extension exacerbated the stenosis and triggered pain. (3) Vancouver Disc Centers understands the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in knowing when to use extension.

Vancouver CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Vancouver chiropractic treatment incorporates extension into the Vancouver chiropractic treatment plan for its advantages. Cox® Technic applied to the cervical spine reduced intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in the lumbar spine. (5) Extension increased pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the highest amount the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Vancouver Disc Centers aims to do for its Vancouver back pain patients.

CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He shares how he helped a patient whose back pain persists after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment with Vancouver Disc Centers today. Let’s explore the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

 Vancouver Disc Centers understands the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
« View All Spine Articles
"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."