Just a quick note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC recommendations regarding how to cope are good. Take care of
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Soft Health and Healing Clinic recommends
the same…and adds see your Brooks
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let’s consider exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Brooks chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Brooks back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability
alludes to how balance is controlled. Inhibited
balance control is connected with reduced
stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of
stability is often noticed in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Soft Health and Healing Clinic observes
every chiropractic patient carefully during
their whole visit from the time you walk through
the front door, down the hall to your treatment room, and out the door again.
Observation is a valuable tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Brooks neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
examined 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.” Soft Health and Healing Clinic is
fond of these tests. Some of our Brooks chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we are looking for
when we have them sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and note how long
it takes them to do it! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Trials like these tell
your Brooks chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of similar studies stated
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Soft Health and Healing Clinic enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Be
confident more studies like these
are underway, and one explicitly studying how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences
these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back
pain patients is underway.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already shown
that numerous 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and very critical stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers measured
their multifidus muscles throughout soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness diminished.
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 noted that body composition and body fat and
mass were associated with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Soft Health and Healing Clinic has some
exercise recommendations for our Brooks back pain patients to boost
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Soft Health and Healing Clinic is ready to show them
to you at your Brooks chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
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 highlighted.
Schedule your next Brooks chiropractic appointment
at Soft Health and Healing Clinic today. Let Soft Health and Healing Clinic be part of
your plan to maintain and enhance your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this odd time of coronavirus.