Sterling Heights Chiropractor Discusses Low Back Pain

Sterling Heights Chiropractor Discusses Low Back Pain

Everybody has several different, postures, sleeping patterns, and positions that feel comfortable when we’re watching T.V. or relaxing. Quite often these details can be useful when alleviating low back pain (LBP).

When treating lower back pain, in most casesthere is a position where individuals feel less discomfort. This could be sitting, lying on their stomach or resting on their back with their knees bent. After we check these positions we are able to pinpoint the persons preferred movement in the spine. Then we take these details to provide a specific exercise routine to help decrease pain and maximize strength and flexibility.

Most sufferers are likely to feel better when their spine is in flexion(bent). This basically means, a position where the spine is taken out of neutral position and put in a forward movement. For instance, this might be sitting or lying face up with both knees bent. These positions may be much more comfortable because the tension is taken off the pelvis providing a more optimum point where lumbar muscles can be relaxed. Flexion exercises may not be for everybody. For example, people with acute disc herniation should avoid these kinds of exercises .

The other position is extension. With extension, patients may feel better standing upright or lying face down. This position, bends the spine backwards. Extension may not be suitable for everybody. Those with 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 developed these exercises in order to reduce pain and provide lower trunk stability. This is accomplished by strengthening the abdominal muscles, gluteus maximus, and hamstring muscles. The flexion exercises also stretch the hip flexors and lower back muscles. Flexion exercises are very easy to do and can help reduce tight muscles.

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

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

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Sterling Heights Chiropractor Discusses Low Back Pain

Total 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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