Baton Rouge Spine Stability Helped by Breathing and Diaphragm Training

Spinal stability is the foundation for spine movement. Spinal stability protects the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Spine & Sports Rehab Center evaluates spinal stability in all our Baton Rouge 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 numerous parts of the spine play a role in spinal stability, even the slightest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Bones, discs, and ligaments in the spine contribute to all types of coupled motions of the spine and conduct proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which aligns muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are damaged or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is feasible. (1) That’s where your Baton Rouge chiropractor comes onto the scene with chiropractic spinal manipulation and an effective treatment plan incorporating exercise.

BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Chiropractic care at Spine & Sports Rehab Center addresses spinal stability with some common exercise suggestions and looks at the use of newer exercise approaches 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 enhance spinal joint stability, it had a beneficial effect on increasing 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) Baton Rouge back pain patients will value how something they do every day – performed with just a bit more purpose - may help them with their back pain!

DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately coupled, and both hold some hope in fixing spinal stability issues. Spine & Sports Rehab Center came across some new studies on how diaphragm training addresses spinal stability. In a study of rehabilitating athletes with nonspecific low back pain, inserting diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was helped improve function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm training significantly decreased 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 combatting Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment now. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way towards keeping the spine stable, reducing Baton Rouge back pain, and maintaining the foundation of spinal movement well conditioned.

 
Spine & Sports Rehab Center explains spine stability and how new research shows that breathing and diaphragm training help with back pain. 
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