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Chesterfield Chiropractor Discusses Lower Back Pain

Everybody has several different, postures, sleeping patterns, and positions that feel more comfortable when we’re watching T.V. or lying down. Typically this info can be useful when our Chesterfield Chiropractors are managing low back pain (LBP).

When working with lower back pain, generally there’s a position where individuals feel less discomfort. This could be sitting, resting on their stomach or lying on their back with their knees bent. Whenever we check these positions we’re able to identify the person’s preferred movement in the spine. Then we take this info to come up with a specific exercise regimen to help lessen pain and increase strength and flexibility.

Most people are likely to feel better when their spine is in flexion(bent). In other words, a position where the spine is removed from neutral position and put in a forward movement. To provide an example, this might be sitting down or lying face up with both knees bent. These positions could be much more comfortable as the tension is taken away from the pelvis creating a more optimum point where lumbar muscles can be relaxed. Flexion exercises may not be for every person. For instance, people who have acute disc herniation should avoid these sorts of exercises .

The other position is extension. With extension, people may feel better standing or lying face down. This position, bends the spine backwards. Extension is not always best for every person. People that have spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, fractures or tumors should not do extension exercises.

Spondylolysis– a defect of vertebra.

Spondylolisthesis– a descriptive term referred to slippage of a vertebra

Dr. Paul Williams developed flexion exercises in the 1930s. He established these exercises in an effort to reduce pain and discomfort and provide lower trunk stability. This is achieved by strengthening the stomach muscles, gluteus maximus, and hamstring muscles. The flexion exercises also stretch the hip flexors and lower back muscles. Flexion exercises are quite easy to do and can help reduce tight muscles

Robin McKenzie developed extension exercises during the 1950s. These exercises help centralize the back discomfort a patient is experiencing. If a patient has pain and discomfort in multiple areas, such as lower back, right thigh, right buttock, and right calf, extension exercises can centralize pain so that gradually the patient would only feel pain in the lower back.

Both flexion and extension exercises can be used when working with lower back pain. With the understanding of how these techniques apply to our patients, we can help with the healing process and make lives easier.

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Chesterfield Chiropractor Discusses Lower Back Pain

Total Health Systems is chiropractic clinic with locations in Chesterfield, Clinton Twp. and Washington Twp. For more information on treating lower back pain or to schedule an appointment with a Chesterfield chiropractor, please contact our office at 586-949-0123.

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