All our bones are connected! The
pelvis moves. The lumbar spine moves. They move together. Lumbo-pelvic rhythm
is the relationship between the pelvis and the lumbar spine, and
Vancouver Spine Care Centre helps keep our patients' lumbo-pelvic rhythm in rhythmic motion!
Vancouver chiropractic care is all about motion and sharing motion exercises
to help you improve your lifting ability and prevent spine pain. Vancouver Spine Care Centre strives to help you regain - and maintain - your quality of life.
Let's first look at lumbo-pelvic rhythm
and what contributes to that rhythm. In many research reports, a link between
lower back pain and tight hamstrings is reported. (And, boy, does Vancouver Spine Care Centre
see patients with tight hamstrings!) Just how tight hamstrings affect the biomechanics
of the spine hasn't been as well documented, but a new study shows that in
flexible people, pelvic movement is dominant. In less flexible people, lumbar motion
is stronger. Given these facts, loosening tight hamstrings may reduce the
stress on the lumbar spine and thereby reduce lower back pain. (1)
Further, ligaments may also play a role in lumbo-pelvic motion. Another recent study points out that a
disorder of the lumbar pelvic rhythm may be triggered by load and by hamstring
tightness. Researchers explain that stoop lifting of a load where lumbar extension is
delayed leads to an increase in spinal instability and puts stress on spinal
ligaments, especially in people with tight hamstrings. (2) Extra stress on
ligaments not designed to handle such stress isn't good for the spine. That is
what leads many back pain patients to seek our chiropractic care at
Vancouver Spine Care Centre for pain relief.
So in addition to our
chiropractic care for back pain relief that includes gentle Cox Technic spinal
manipulation, Vancouver Spine Care Centre will likely recommend some homework. Why? We all
lift. We lift things all day long. Purses. Babies. Groceries. Briefcases. Back
packs. Laptops. You get the idea. Your Vancouver chiropractor does the
same thing! Lifting is an activity of daily living that most of us just do
without thinking. If back pain has been an issue though, then lifting becomes
an activity that requires thought about stretching tight hamstrings. These will be your homework.
And what's a
preferred way to loosen tight hamstrings? Exercise. Stretch those hamstrings! It sounds easy. Most
people just work to touch their toes, but that may not be the best way address
tight hamstrings. Vancouver Spine Care Centre will guide you to an effective hamstring
stretch and be sure you are doing it correctly to get the most benefit.
So contact Vancouver Spine Care Centre for back
pain relief as well as tips on how to stretch tight hamstrings to keep back
pain under control and to lift without harming the spine and
its delicate lumbo-pelvic rhythm and motion.