Have you experienced back pain before? Yes? It’s common to fear its recurrence, but don’t let it slow you down! This holiday
season, consider Santa. Think he’s felt
back pain before delivering all those packages
and parcels? Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office imagines so!
Santa cannot stop, and neither can you. Groton
chiropractic care can help manage new back pain and chronic
back pain and lead our Groton back pain
sufferers to live
a bit more fear-lessly and confidently this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Groton chiropractor knows
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers studied this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also affects postural sway or balance by disrupting hip balance control, bringing about weight shifting from
side to side to maintain balance. (1) What is an undesirable
effect of being unbalanced? A fall. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
finds it very critical to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – to keep
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND REDUCE FEAR
“There is an app for that!” Just what our
older Groton chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can annoy a few of its users,
especially some older users, it can help! The new
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is available.
Researchers have documented that it is able to assess
age-related differences in balance not necessarily picked
up during clinical exam measurements like postural stability,
step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can help
healthcare providers like your chiropractor design a more effective
and individualized treatment plan to decrease fear of movement and
increase balance. This is quite hopeful, so much so that chiropractic
researchers are exerting more research effort
to quantify the benefits of multimodal chiropractic care in its
ability to influence gait, balance and/or fall risk and
prevention. (3) One encouraging study with older lumbar spinal
stenosis patients (average age 83.5 years) found that their postural sway and
entropy as well as function and symptomatology were better
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to keep
our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
One new nutrition discovery this month
may also help this effort. It comes from researchers analyzing
levels of biomarkers – C-reactive protein, vitamin D, neuropeptide Y and others
- in low back pain patients tested via blood tests with pain
and disability. Vitamin D which appears in many health
news reports today also appears to be a potential biomarker for
back pain relief and disability. A respected randomized control study
found a link between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients cared for with
spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Joel Dixon on The Back Doctors
Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his helping
a Vietnam veteran manage his back pain for 20 years,
incorporating the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your Groton chiropractic
appointment today. Calling all our Groton back pain patients!
Bring us your back pain and your fear of back pain, bending and falling. We can
help you handle them as well as Santa fearlessly and efficiently delivers
all his presents in a single night!