Just a short note on the current
COVID-19. The CDC recommendations about best strategies to
cope are good. Look after
yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn recommends
the same…and also suggests that you see your Ashburn
chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!
Now, let us consider exercise to not
only stabilize YOU and your fellow Ashburn chiropractic patients during
times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering,
but exercise to stabilize your spine while and following your Ashburn back pain episodes.
STABILITY AND BALANCE AND BACK PAIN
Stability and balance go together. Stability
refers to how balance is controlled. Inhibited
balance control is associated with reduced
stability. Balance or rather a disruption of balance or the sense of
stability is often observed in or described
by musculoskeletal pain patients like those with
back pain and neck pain. Therefore, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn observes
every chiropractic patient meticulously throughout
their entire visit door to door.
Observation is a helpful tool in the management of back pain and
related leg pain, Ashburn neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers
studied 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.” Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn appreciates these tests. Some of our Ashburn chiropractic patients
will be curious about what we are looking for
when we ask them to sit
in a chair and stand up from that position and time them! We chiropractors are an inquisitive group! Tests like these reveal to
your Ashburn chiropractor much about your spinal condition.
Another analysis of such studies found
that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn improved short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured more studies like these
are in progress, and one explicitly looking
at how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction affects
these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back
pain patients is in an initial clinical trial.
BALANCE AND FALLS
Many trials have previously demonstrated
that numerous chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience
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 worse balance and
muscle strength. (1) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn urges
our patients to exercise for balance and stability.
EXERCISE FOR STABILITY AND BALANCE
The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a well-known and very vital stabilizer
for the spine. Soccer players know this! Researchers examined
their multifidus muscles during the soccer season. At rest
while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness decreased.
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 and at rest.
(3) Both studies saw that body composition and body fat and
mass were linked to the lumbar multifidus
muscle size. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn has some
exercise recommendations for our Ashburn back pain patients to boost
their multifidus muscles and increase their sense of balance and
stability. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is ready to give them to you at your Ashburn chiropractic visit!
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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 Ashburn chiropractic appointment
at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn today. Let Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn play a role in
your plan to maintain and improve your
stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…and throughout this odd time of coronavirus.