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McHenry Stability is Important for Back Painand for Coping Today

Just a short note on the current COVID-19. The CDC recommendations about best strategies to cope are good. Take care of yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic suggests the same…and also suggests that you see your McHenry chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic shares CDC advice on how to cope with coronavirus stress. 


Now, let us look at exercise to not only stabilize YOU and your fellow McHenry chiropractic patients during times like these may triggering, but exercise to stabilize your spine while and following your McHenry back pain episodes.


Stability and balance go together. Stability refers to how balance is controlled. Inhibited balance control is linked with reduced stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of stability is often observed in or described by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience back pain and neck pain. Therefore, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic observes each chiropractic patient meticulously during their entire visit door to door. Observation is a helpful tool in the management of back pain and related leg pain, McHenry 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.” OrthoIllinois Chiropractic likes these tests. Some of our McHenry chiropractic patients will wonder what we’re examining when we have them sit in a chair and stand up from the chair and note how long it takes them to do it! We chiropractors are a funny lot! Tests like these reveal to your McHenry chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition. A recent analysis of similar studies stated that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic improved short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured more studies like these are underway, and one explicitly examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back pain patients is in an initial clinical trial.


Many trials have already demonstrated that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience falls and have balance issues. That is a foremost problem for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and worse balance and muscle strength. (1) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic urges our patients to exercise for balance and stability.


The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a recognized and most critical stabilizer for the spine. Soccer players know this! Researchers studied 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 and at rest. (3) Both studies saw that body composition and body fat and mass were connected with the lumbar multifidus muscle size. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic has some exercise recommendations for our McHenry back pain patients to boost their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and stability. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is ready to show them to you at your McHenry chiropractic visit!

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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 McHenry chiropractic appointment at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic today. Let OrthoIllinois Chiropractic be part of your plan to sustain and improve your stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…as well as throughout this unusual time of coronavirus.

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