West Des Moines Stability is Important for Back Painand for Coping Today

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!

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares CDC advice on how to cope with coronavirus stress. 

From https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

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 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 time them! 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.


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.


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!

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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.

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