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Brooks Spine Stability Helped by Breathing and Diaphragm Training

Spinal stability is the base for spine movement. Spinal stability protects the structures of the nervous system, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Soft Health and Healing Clinic assesses spinal stability in all our Brooks back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability relies on strong, stable musculature to do its job. New research is indicating that the role of the diaphragm and breathing is to support spinal stability.

SPINAL STABILITY

All the assorted parts of the spine play a role in spinal stability, even the slightest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Bones, discs, and ligaments in the spine provide all types of coupled motions of the spine and transfer proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which manages muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are damaged or otherwise in peril – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is possible. (1) That is where your Brooks chiropractor comes onto the scene with chiropractic spinal manipulation and a helpful treatment plan including exercise.

BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Chiropractic care at Soft Health and Healing Clinic addresses spinal stability with some usual exercise recommendations and explores the use of newer exercise approaches like breathing that appear promising. Maximal abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise proved itself better at increasing spinal stability. As a breathing exercise to enhance spinal joint stability, it had a positive effect on improving co-contraction and spine stability as shown by significantly larger muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis. (2) Forced breathing exercise therapy improved trunk stability and activities of daily living in chronic low back pain patients. (3) Brooks back pain patients will appreciate how something they do every day – performed with just a little more thought - may help them with their back pain!

DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately intertwined, and both hold some hope in tackling spinal stability issues. Soft Health and Healing Clinic came across some new studies on how diaphragm training addresses spinal stability. In a study of the rehabilitation of athletes with nonspecific low back pain, inserting diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was beneficial in improving function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm training significantly reduced the severity of pain and also altered the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are good in tackling Brooks back pain.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN, ICHC, FNLP, LE, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as they share their combined treatment approach of breathing training and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped a patient realize back pain relief.

Schedule your Brooks chiropractic appointment today. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way towards helping keep the spine stable, easing Brooks back pain, and maintaining the foundation of spinal movement intact.

 
Soft Health and Healing Clinic describes spine stability and how new research shows that breathing and diaphragm training help with back pain. 
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