Just a quick note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC guidelines regarding how to cope are good. Look after
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka advocates
the same…and adds see your Sitka
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Sitka chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Sitka back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Inhibited
balance control is associated with less
stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of
stability is often seen in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka observes
every chiropractic patient carefully throughout
their whole visit from the time you walk in
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, Sitka neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
studied this topic of balance and its disruption, too. New
studies described patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka appreciates these tests. Some of our Sitka chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we are 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 curious group! Tests like these tell
your Sitka chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of similar studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at
Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Be
confident additional studies like these
are ongoing, and one specifically examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction alters
these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in an initial clinical trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have previously shown
that numerous chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer
falls and have balance issues. That is a big issue
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they manytimes
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a well-known and very vital stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers measured
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 noted that body composition and body fat and
mass were connected with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka has some
exercise recommendations for our Sitka back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is ready to give them to you at your Sitka chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
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 Sitka chiropractic appointment
at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka today. Let Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka be part of
your plan to sustain and enhance your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this odd time of coronavirus.