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Ashburn Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It’s good. It is bad. So what’s with extension for the spine? Both are accurate: It is beneficial. It’s harmful. It is the job of your Ashburn chiropractor to help you decide the role of extension for your Ashburn back pain relief plan and Ashburn back pain control plan in the future. Your Ashburn chiropractor at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is well versed in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and motion.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most noticeable curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve inwardly. Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially presses on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Flexion usually permits the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often allows the disc bulge to press on the nerves more. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn wants to help lessen painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back happens at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% is at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine occurs at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more advanced) happens most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion takes place, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension occurs. Ashburn chiropractic patients need healthy extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn respects extension and understands how it may benefit and hurt. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just like discs degenerate. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is necessary for this when the spine is healthy enough to do extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion decreased disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension increased the disc protrusion and narrowed the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion opened the vertebral canal and reduced pain while extension worsened the stenosis and triggered pain. (3) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn knows the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in knowing when to apply extension.

Ashburn CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Ashburn chiropractic treatment integrates extension into the Ashburn chiropractic treatment plan for its advantages. Cox® Technic used with the cervical spine reduced intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in the lumbar spine. (5) Extension escalated pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the most the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn aims to do for its Ashburn back pain patients.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He shares how he helped a patient whose back pain continues after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment with Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn today. Let us discover the role extension might play in your back pain recovery and future back pain control strategy.

 Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn understands the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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