Just a quick note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC recommendations about best strategies to
cope are good. Take care of
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Vancouver Spine Care Centre recommends
the same…and also suggests that you see your Vancouver
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let’s look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Vancouver chiropractic patients during
times like these may triggering,
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 associated with less
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often seen in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Vancouver Spine Care Centre watches
every chiropractic patient carefully during
their whole visit from the time you walk in
the front door, down the hall to your treatment room, and out the door again.
Observation is a valuable 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. New
studies described patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Vancouver Spine Care Centre appreciates these tests. Some of our Vancouver 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 funny
lot! Trials like these reveal to
your Vancouver chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of similar studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Vancouver Spine Care Centre improved short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured additional studies like these
are underway, and one specifically studying how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in an initial clinical trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have previously demonstrated
that numerous chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience
falls and have balance issues. That is a big 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 Spine Care Centre urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a well-known and very critical stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players know this! Researchers measured
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. Vancouver Spine Care Centre has some
exercise recommendations for our Vancouver back pain patients to boost
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. Vancouver Spine Care Centre is ready to share them with you at your Vancouver chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Vancouver Spine Care Centre
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 Spine Care Centre today. Let Vancouver Spine Care Centre be part of
your plan to maintain and enhance your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and throughout this odd time of coronavirus.