Eugene Spine Stability Helped by Breathing and Diaphragm Training

Spinal stability is the basis for spine movement. Spinal stability safeguards the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic evaluates spinal stability in all our Eugene back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends on strong, stable musculature to perform its job. New research is indicating that the role of the diaphragm and breathing is to support spinal stability.

SPINAL STABILITY

All the numerous parts of the spine contribute to spinal stability, even the smallest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Ligaments, bones, and discs in the spine provide all sorts of coupled motions of the spine and transmit proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which aligns muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are damaged or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is possible. (1) That’s where your Eugene chiropractor comes onto the scene with chiropractic spinal manipulation and a helpful treatment plan including exercise.

BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Chiropractic care at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic addresses spinal stability with some usual exercise recommendations and looks at the use of innovative exercise methods like breathing that appear promising. Maximal abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise showed itself better at increasing spinal stability. As a breathing exercise to increase spinal joint stability, it had a positive effect on increasing 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 sufferers. (3) Eugene back pain patients will appreciate how something they do every day – performed with just a little more thought - may ease their back pain!

DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately coupled, and both hold some hope in fixing spinal stability issues. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic found some new studies on how diaphragm training addresses spinal stability. In a study of rehabilitating athletes with nonspecific low back pain, inserting diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was helped improve function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm training significantly reduced the severity of pain and also altered the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are helpful in managing Eugene 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 share 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 Eugene chiropractic appointment today. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way in keeping the spine stable, decreasing Eugene back pain, and keeping the foundation of spinal movement intact.

 
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic describes spine stability and how new research shows that breathing and diaphragm training help with back pain. 
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