Just a quick note 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. Spine & Sports Rehab Center recommends
the same…and also suggests that you see your Baton Rouge
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us consider exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Baton Rouge chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Baton Rouge back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Reduced
balance control is linked with reduced
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, Spine & Sports Rehab Center watches
every chiropractic patient meticulously throughout
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, Baton Rouge neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
studied 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.” Spine & Sports Rehab Center likes these tests. Some of our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we’re examining
when we have them sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and time them! We chiropractors are a curious group! Trials like these tell
your Baton Rouge chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
A recent analysis of such studies stated
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at
Spine & Sports Rehab Center enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured more studies like these
are underway, and one explicitly examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction affects
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in its first trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have previously documented
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer
falls and have balance issues. That is a foremost problem
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Spine & Sports Rehab Center recommends exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and very vital stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players know 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 showed
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 saw that body composition and body fat and
mass were linked to the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Spine & Sports Rehab Center has some
exercise recommendations for our Baton Rouge back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Spine & Sports Rehab Center is ready to give them to you at your Baton Rouge chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Spine & Sports Rehab Center
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 highlighted.
Schedule your next Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment
at Spine & Sports Rehab Center today. Let Spine & Sports Rehab Center be part of
your plan to sustain and increase your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and throughout this unusual time of coronavirus.