Just a quick note 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. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa recommends
the same…and adds see your West Des Moines
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow West Des Moines chiropractic patients during
times like these may provoking,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after West Des Moines back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Reduced
balance control is linked with reduced
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often noticed in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa observes
every chiropractic patient meticulously during
their entire 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, West Des Moines neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
examined this topic of balance and its disruption, too. New
studies reported on patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is
fond of these tests. Some of our West Des Moines chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we’re 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 funny
lot! Trials like these reveal to
your West Des Moines chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
A recent analysis of such studies reported
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Be certain additional studies like these
are underway, and one explicitly looking
at how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences
these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in its first trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have already shown
that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience
falls and have balance issues. That is a big problem
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they manytimes
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and worse balance and
muscle strength. (1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa recommends exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and very vital 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 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 saw that body composition and body fat and
mass were associated with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa has some
exercise recommendations for our West Des Moines back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and
stability. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is ready to show them
to you at your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment!
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
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 West Des Moines chiropractic appointment
at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa today. Let Executive Chiropractic of Iowa play a role in
your plan to maintain and increase your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…as
well as throughout this odd time of coronavirus.