Groton Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It’s beneficial. It’s harmful. So what is up with spinal extension? Both are accurate: It is valuable. It’s harmful. It is the job of your Groton chiropractor to help you figure out the role of extension in your Groton back pain relief plan and Groton back pain control plan in the future. Your Groton chiropractor at Hutter Chiropractic Office is well experienced in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and mobility.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most prominent curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve inwardly. Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially presses on the spinal nerves causing pain. Flexion often allows the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often allows the disc bulge to press on the nerves more. Hutter Chiropractic Office wants to help decrease painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back happens at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% happens at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine happens at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more advanced) happens most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion takes place, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension occurs. Groton chiropractic patients need beneficial extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Hutter Chiropractic Office respects extension and gets how it may benefit and hurt. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs degenerate. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is essential for this when the spine is healthy enough to perform extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion decreased disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension increased the disc protrusion and constricted the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion opened the vertebral canal and relieved pain while extension exacerbated the stenosis and caused pain. (3) Hutter Chiropractic Office understands the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to apply extension.

Groton CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Groton chiropractic treatment integrates extension into the Groton chiropractic treatment plan for its benefits. Cox® Technic applied to the cervical spine reduced intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in the lumbar spine. (5) Extension increased pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the highest amount the transducer could measure). (4) Dropping intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Hutter Chiropractic Office does for its Groton back pain patients.

CONTACT Hutter Chiropractic Office

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He shares how he helped a patient whose back pain continues after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which gives her relief as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Groton chiropractic appointment with Hutter Chiropractic Office today. Let us discover the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control strategy.

 Hutter Chiropractic Office understands the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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