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Brooks Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It is good. It is bad. So what is up with spinal extension? Both are true: It is good. It’s bad. It’s the job of your Brooks chiropractor to help you establish the role of extension in your Brooks back pain relief plan and Brooks back pain control plan in the future. Your Brooks chiropractor at Soft Health and Healing Clinic is well experienced in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and motion.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most prominent curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve concavely. Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially pushes on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Flexion often allows the disc bulge to get away from the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. Soft Health and Healing Clinic intends to help reduce 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% occurs at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine occurs at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more advanced) occurs most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion occurs, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension takes place. Brooks chiropractic patients need healthy extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Soft Health and Healing Clinic respects extension and understands how it may help and hurt. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs do. (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 produced pain. (3) Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to apply extension.

Brooks CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Brooks chiropractic treatment integrates extension into the Brooks chiropractic treatment plan for its advantages. Cox® Technic used with the cervical spine dropped 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 Soft Health and Healing Clinic aims to do for its Brooks back pain patients.

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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 persists after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Brooks chiropractic appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic today. Let’s discover the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

 Soft Health and Healing Clinic understands the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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