Just a quick note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC guidelines about best strategies to
cope are good. Look after
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Malverne Health & Wellness endorses
the same…and adds see your Malverne
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let’s look at exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Malverne chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine during and
after Malverne back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Inhibited
balance control is linked with reduced
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often observed in or reported
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Malverne Health & Wellness observes
every chiropractic patient meticulously throughout
their whole 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, Malverne neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
examined this topic of balance and its disruption, too. Recent
studies described patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and
go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Malverne Health & Wellness appreciates these tests. Some of our Malverne chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we are looking for
when we have them sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and time them! We chiropractors are a funny
lot! Trials like these tell
your Malverne chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of such studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation offered at
Malverne Health & Wellness enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Be certain more studies like these
are underway, and one specifically looking
at how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction affects
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in its first trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have previously demonstrated
that numerous chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer
falls and have balance issues. That is a foremost problem
for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they manytimes
also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and
muscle strength. (1) Malverne Health & Wellness recommends exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a
recognized and most critical 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 exhibited
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 noted that body composition and body fat and
mass were associated with the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Malverne Health & Wellness has some
exercise recommendations for our Malverne back pain patients to strengthen
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Malverne Health & Wellness is ready to give them to you at your Malverne chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Malverne Health & Wellness
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 showcased.
Schedule your next Malverne chiropractic appointment
at Malverne Health & Wellness today. Let Malverne Health & Wellness play a role in
your plan to maintain and increase your
stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this unusual time of coronavirus.