Just a quick note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC recommendations regarding how to cope are good. Take care of
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Satterwhite Chiropractic recommends
the same…and also suggests that you see your Oxford
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let’s look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Oxford chiropractic patients during
times like these may provoking,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Oxford back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go together. Stability
alludes to how balance is controlled. Reduced
balance control is associated with decreased
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, Satterwhite Chiropractic watches
each chiropractic patient carefully throughout
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 valuable tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Oxford 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.” Satterwhite Chiropractic is
fond of these tests. Some of our Oxford chiropractic patients
will wonder what we’re examining
when we ask them to sit
in a chair and stand up from the chair and time them! We chiropractors are a curious group! Trials like these tell
your Oxford chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition.
A recent analysis of such studies reported
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Satterwhite Chiropractic enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Be certain additional studies like these
are underway, and one explicitly studying how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences
these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back
pain patients is underway.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already demonstrated
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer
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 worse balance and
muscle strength. (1) Satterwhite Chiropractic recommends 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 said that body composition and body fat and
mass were associated with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Satterwhite Chiropractic has some
exercise recommendations for our Oxford back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. Satterwhite Chiropractic is ready to show them
to you at your Oxford chiropractic appointment!
CONTACT Satterwhite 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 Oxford chiropractic appointment
at Satterwhite Chiropractic today. Let Satterwhite Chiropractic play a role in
your plan to sustain and improve your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…and throughout this unusual time of coronavirus.