Chiropractic is known for its treatment
of the spine. Research is showing that its spinal treatment is positive,
reaching beyond the spine. The most recent report describes
how West Des Moines chiropractic thoracic spinal manipulation and
mobilization assists in respiratory function. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers
gentle, safe treatment of the thoracic spine.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE BEYOND THE SPINE
Chiropractors are recognized for their management
of musculoskeletal spinal issues. That’s not all bad! Chiropractors do offer more. Linked
to musculoskeletal care is prevention of musculoskeletal problems. A survey of
chiropractors regarding their use of primary preventive
care of musculoskeletal disorders and other public
health-related disorders found that chiropractors undoubtedly
offer such preventive care and are prepared to do
so, but patients do not usually visit them mainly
for such care. (1) Further, a review of chiropractic
websites discovered that 79% of them mentioned
care of one or more non-musculoskeletal conditions like sleep issues,
constipation/digestive issues, unease/discontent in children, and menstrual cramps/pain.
(2) Your West Des Moines chiropractor
is at your service for musculoskeletal pain relief and prevention and
HYPERKYPHOSIS & RESPIRATION IMPROVEMENT
More studies are reporting on
the benefits of thoracic mobilization for improvement in thoracic hyperkyphosis
(upper spine curvature found in nearly 20-40%
of older adults) and respiratory function. Diaphragmatic breathing is suggested a lot for its calming benefits. Diaphragmatic
excursion, the extent to which the diaphragm expands on inhale, is linked with respiratory
function. Increasing diaphragm excursion is beneficial.
In a recent study of healthy volunteers with thoracic
hyperkyphosis, 8 weeks of thoracic mobilization improved the
diaphragmatic excursions while deep breathing, increased forced
vital capacity, and the thoracic hyperkyphosis itself. The researchers summarized
and suggested the inclusion of thoracic mobilization in
respiratory rehabilitation programs to manage and avert
respiratory dysfunction in those with thoracic hyperkyphosis. (3) West Des Moines
chiropractic spinal treatment offers benefits outside of the spine
SHOULDER MOTION IMPROVEMENT
Shoulders benefit, too! Shoulder pain sufferers
reported that thoracic spinal manipulation immediately enhanced
neuromuscular drive as well as serratus anterior muscle
activity, a key muscle for scapular motion.
Thoracic spinal manipulation is linked with short-term
improvements in clinical outcomes of shoulder pain.
(4) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is quite experienced in
delivering gentle thoracic manipulation.
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chiropractic appointment soon. We are recognized
for our effective spine treatment and more!