Just a quick comment on the current
COVID-19. The CDC guidelines about best strategies to
cope are good. Take care of
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Watertown Wellness Center recommends
the same…and also suggests that you see your Watertown
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Watertown chiropractic patients during
times like these may provoking,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Watertown 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 connected with less
stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of
stability is often observed in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Watertown Wellness Center 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, Watertown neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
examined 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.” Watertown Wellness Center appreciates these tests. Some of our Watertown chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we’re examining
when we have them sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and note how long
it takes them to do it! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Trials like these tell
your Watertown chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of similar studies reported
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Watertown Wellness Center enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured more studies like these
are underway, and one specifically studying 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 numerous 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 poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Watertown Wellness Center urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a known and most important stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers studied
their multifidus muscles throughout 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 as well as lying down.
(3) Both studies noted that body composition and body fat and
mass were linked to the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Watertown Wellness Center has some
exercise recommendations for our Watertown back pain patients to boost
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Watertown Wellness Center is ready to give them to you at your Watertown chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Watertown Wellness Center
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 showcased.
Schedule your next Watertown chiropractic appointment
at Watertown Wellness Center today. Let Watertown Wellness Center be part of
your plan to sustain and improve your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and throughout this unusual time of coronavirus.