Just a quick note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC guidelines about best strategies to
cope are good. Take care of
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office suggests
the same…and adds see your Groton
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let’s look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Groton chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may provoking,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Groton back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go together. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Inhibited
balance control is associated with decreased
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often noticed in or described
by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office observes
each chiropractic patient carefully throughout
their entire 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 helpful tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Groton 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.” Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is
fond of these tests. Some of our Groton chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we’re examining
when we ask them to sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and time them! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Tests like these reveal to
your Groton chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition.
A recent analysis of such studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Be certain more studies like these
are in progress, and one explicitly studying how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction affects
these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in an initial clinical trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already shown
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer
falls and have balance issues. That is a big problem
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they manytimes
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and worse balance and
muscle strength. (1) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office recommends exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and most critical stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers studied
their multifidus muscles throughout soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness decreased.
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 said that body composition and body fat and
mass were associated with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office has some
exercise recommendations for our Groton back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is ready to give them to you at your Groton chiropractic appointment!
CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
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 Groton chiropractic appointment
at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office today. Let Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office play a role in
your plan to maintain and enhance your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and throughout this unusual time of coronavirus.