West Des Moines Back Pain and Associated Spinal Instability Helped by Exercise to Improve Balance and More

Back pain becomes the focus when it occurs. The term ‘back pain’ is quite generic though as back pain arises from the combined contributions of muscles, nerves, bones, etc. Low back muscles may be frail and/or unstable leacing them less useful in supporting the spine. Exercise repeatedly shows its benefit in addressing spinal instability that accompanies West Des Moines back pain. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa highly recommends exercise as something a back pain sufferer can do to help him/herself.


Instability affects balance. Back pain sufferers’ poor balance may be caused by badly coordinated neuromuscular control and altered spine stability. A new study contrasted 3 groups:  subacute non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) sufferers with lumbar instability, those who don’t have instability, and healthy subjects. Sufferers with lumbar spine instability showed greater problems with balance control, proprioception, fear of movement, more pain, and functional ability than sufferers without such instability. (1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa checks for instability in our West Des Moines back pain patients and creates a Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management  treatment plan that encompasses pain relieving spinal manipulation, nutrition, and exercise.


Exercise is a usual intervention for low back pain patients whatever the treatment plan. For subacute NSLBP sufferers, exercise is beneficial. Recently, two versions of exercise were assessed: core stabilization and strengthening exercise. Four weeks of three-times-a-day 30-minute-sessions demonstrated that core stabilization produced significantly more improvement than strengthening. Core stabilization enhanced proprioception, balance (as shown by single leg standing with eyes open and closed on stable and unstable surfaces), thickened muscles of the transverse abdominis and lumbar multifidus, lessened functional disability, and less fear of movement. Bonuses affiliated with both types of exercise: no adverse effects AND pain relief. (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is always concerned about balance issues in our chiropractic patients. Exercise that improves West Des Moines balance is so vital.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paula Hugulet on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she shares the benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain for relieving pain and strengthening the spine.

Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment soon. If back pain is your focus in this moment, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers a research-documented system and treatment plan for its relief and for its sustained relief and deterrence with exercise that strengthens the lumbar muscles. We will design a simple exercise plan specially for you!

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa teaches low back pain sufferers simple exercises that address lumbar spine instability.
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