Non-specific low back pain. Really? No one wants to hear
their back pain is “non-specific.” Well, your West Des Moines chiropractor
at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows some specific characteristics
of back pain like yours and particular ways to help contain
and ease its pain with chiropractic care.
What renders non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) so
non-specific? A recent review of research provided
evidence of 121 movement and 150
muscular activity biomarkers to differentiate non-specific low
back pain sufferers from asymptomatic others. (1) That information
is critical for diagnosing and treating non-specific low back
listed these issues as being contributory to non-specific low back pain: short
hip flexors, low muscle activity of the gluteus maximus, and high
erector spinae activity throughout hip extension in addition to weak endurance of the lumbar extensor muscles and irregular movement of the lumbar spine to compensate for
the weak muscles. (2) Researchers have purposely explored
how reduced hamstring flexibility may contribute to
low back pain development via 4 tests for flexibility and 5 for
stiffness when evaluating low back pain patients.
(3) Further, they also noticed significantly worse
back extensor muscle endurance in non-specific chronic low back pain patients.
(4) Limited lumbar spine lateral flexion, limited hamstring
range of motion, and decreased lumbar lordosis were linked to an increased risk of acquiring
low back pain. (5) A simple, easy test called Five Times
Sit-to-Stand Test measures lower extremity muscle strength, balance,
function, and pain in chronic non-specific low back pain patients. (6) (It isn’t a bad
exercise to do regularly either to improve all of these problems!
Start doing them after we examine
HELP FOR RESTRICTED MOVEMENT
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa uses a multi-pronged
approach to helping NSLBP patients with their movement. The gentle,
non-radicular treatment protocols of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
are intended to provoke and reestablish
normal ranges of spinal motion. (7) A lumbar support belt may be recommended.
The use of a lumbar support belt enjoys a thorny
reputation of being useful and not being useful depending on the study.
Interesting! In a recent study, healthy persons vs non-specific low
back pain patients demonstrated that two types of lumbar
belts – extensible and non-extensible - had a beneficial effect
on motor control in patients with nonspecific low back pain, suggesting they may be useful in sit-to-stand motion
that is vital in everyday living for nonspecific low
back pain patients. (8) Exercises to make the extensor muscles stronger and spinal nutrition supplements may also be advised
to support your effort to get rid of and control your non-specific low
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Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the
effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with chronic
low back pain.
Schedule your next West Des Moines
chiropractic appointment with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. We work to make specific what we
can of your low back pain’s cause and its relief.
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