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Watertown Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It’s beneficial. It is harmful. So what’s with extension for the spine? Both are accurate: It’s good. It is bad. It’s the job of your Watertown chiropractor to help you figure out the role of extension in your Watertown back pain relief plan and Watertown back pain control plan in the future. Your Watertown chiropractor at Watertown Wellness Center is well trained in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and mobility.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most noticeable curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve concavely. Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially presses on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Flexion usually permits the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. Watertown Wellness Center sets out to help reduce painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back happens at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% is at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine occurs at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more advanced) occurs most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion occurs, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension takes place. Watertown chiropractic patients need beneficial extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Watertown Wellness Center respects extension and gets how it may help and hurt. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs degenerate. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is necessary for this when the spine is healthy enough to perform extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion decreased disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension made the disc herniation larger and narrowed the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion widened the vertebral canal and reduced pain while extension exacerbated the stenosis and triggered pain. (3) Watertown Wellness Center knows the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in knowing when to apply extension.

Watertown CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Watertown chiropractic treatment incorporates extension into the Watertown chiropractic treatment plan for its advantages. Cox® Technic applied to the cervical spine reduced intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in the lumbar spine. (5) Extension increased pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the highest amount the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Watertown Wellness Center aims to do for its Watertown back pain patients.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He shares how he helped a patient whose back pain continues after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Watertown chiropractic appointment with Watertown Wellness Center today. Let us discover the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

 Watertown Wellness Center knows the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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