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Macomb Chiropractor Discusses Low Back Pain

All of us have different, postures, sleeping patterns, and positions that feel more comfortable when we are watching T.V. or resting. Sometimes this information can be useful when alleviating low back pain (LBP).

When managing lower back pain, in most cases there’s a position where individuals feel less pain and discomfort. This might be being seated, lying down on their stomach or resting on their back with their knees bent. Whenever we check these positions we’re able to recognize the persons preferred movement in the spine. Then we take this information to provide a specific exercise plan to help decrease pain and increase strength and flexibility.

Most sufferers have a tendency to feel better when their spine is in flexion(bent). This basically means, a position where the spine is removed from neutral position and put into a forward movement. To provide an example, this might be sitting down or lying face up with both knees bent. These positions may be more comfortable as the tension is removed from the pelvis providing a more optimum point where lumbar muscles can be relaxed. Flexion exercises may not be for everybody. For example, individuals with acute disc herniation should avoid these kinds of exercises .

The other position is extension. With extension, individuals might feel good standing or lying face down. This position, bends the spine backwards. Extension might not be suitable 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 during the 1930s. He established these exercises in an effort to reduce soreness and provide lower trunk stability. This is done 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 fairly easy to do and can help relieve tight muscles

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

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

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Macomb Chiropractor Discusses Low Back Pain

otal Health Systems is chiropractic clinic with locations in Washington Township, Chesterfield, and Clinton Township. For more information on treating lower back pain or to schedule an appointment with a Macomb County chiropractor, please contact our office at 586-228-0270.

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