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McHenry Spine Stability Helped by Breathing and Diaphragm Training

Spinal stability is the foundation for spine movement. Spinal stability protects the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Spengel Chiropractic assesses spinal stability in all our McHenry back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends on strong, stable musculature to do its job. New research is pointing to the role of the diaphragm and breathing in supporting spinal stability.

SPINAL STABILITY

All the assorted parts of the spine play a part in spinal stability, even the smallest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Ligaments, bones, and discs in the spine contribute to all types of coupled motions of the spine and conduct proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which manages muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are injured or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is possible. (1) That’s where your McHenry chiropractor comes into play with chiropractic spinal manipulation and an effective treatment plan including exercise.

BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Chiropractic care at Spengel Chiropractic addresses spinal stability with some usual exercise recommendations and explores the use of newer exercise methods like breathing that are showing some promise. Maximal abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise showed itself better at increasing spinal stability. As a breathing exercise to enhance spinal joint stability, it had a beneficial effect on improving co-contraction and spine stability as shown by significantly greater 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) McHenry back pain patients will value how something they do every day – performed with just a bit more intention - may ease their back pain!

DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately intertwined, and both offer some hope in fixing spinal stability issues. Spengel Chiropractic found some new studies on how diaphragm training manages spinal stability. In a study of rehabilitating 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 decreased the severity of pain and also influenced the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are good in tackling McHenry 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 describe 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 McHenry chiropractic appointment soon. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way in keeping the spine stable, easing McHenry back pain, and maintaining the foundation of spinal movement intact.

 
Spengel Chiropractic explains spine stability and how new research shows that breathing and diaphragm training help with back pain. 
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