Just a quick 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. Spengel Chiropractic suggests
the same…and also suggests that you see your McHenry
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
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 during and
after McHenry back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
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 like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Spengel Chiropractic observes
each chiropractic patient meticulously during
their entire 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 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.” Spengel 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
Spengel 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.
BALANCE AND FALLS
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) Spengel Chiropractic urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
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 as well as lying down.
(3) Both studies saw that body composition and body fat and
mass were connected with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Spengel Chiropractic has some
exercise recommendations for our McHenry back pain patients to boost
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Spengel Chiropractic is ready to show them
to you at your McHenry chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Spengel Chiropractic
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 Spengel Chiropractic today. Let Spengel 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.