Just a short comment on the current
COVID-19. The CDC guidelines about coping are good. Look after
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic suggests
the same…and adds see your Eugene
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Eugene chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine while and following your Eugene back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go together. Stability
alludes to how balance is controlled. Inhibited
balance control is associated with reduced
stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of
stability is often noticed in or described
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. Therefore, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic watches
each chiropractic patient meticulously throughout
their entire visit door to door.
Observation is a valuable tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Eugene neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
studied this topic of balance and its disruption, too. Recent
studies described patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic likes these tests. Some of our Eugene chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we are looking for
when we have them sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and time them! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Trials like these tell
your Eugene chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition.
A recent analysis of similar studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured additional studies like these
are underway, and one explicitly examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction alters
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is underway.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already demonstrated
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience
falls and have balance issues. That is a big issue
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a known and very critical stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers measured
their multifidus muscles during the soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness decreased.
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. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic has some
exercise recommendations for our Eugene back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is ready to share them with you at your Eugene chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
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 Eugene chiropractic appointment
at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic today. Let Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic be part of
your plan to sustain and increase your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this unusual time of coronavirus.