Rochester Chiropractor Discusses Lower Back Pain

Rochester Chiropractor Discusses Lower Back Pain

All of us have several different, postures, sleeping patterns, and positions that feel comfortable when we’re watching T.V. or lying down. Sometimes these details can be useful when treating low back pain (LBP).

When managing lower back pain, typicallythere is a position where individuals feel less pain. This may be being seated, resting on their abdomen or resting on their back with their knees bent. Whenever we check these positions we can figure out the person’s preferred movement in the spine. We then take this information to create a specific exercise regimen to help eliminate pain and maximize strength and flexibility.

Most sufferers 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 placed into a forward movement. For instance, this might be sitting down or lying face-up with both knees bent. These positions might be more comfortable as the tension is removed from the pelvis providing a more favorable position where lumbar muscles can be relaxed. Flexion exercises may not be for every body. For example, individuals with acute disc herniation should avoid such exercises .

The other position is extension. With extension, people may feel better standing upright or lying face down. This position, bends the spine backwards. Extension may not be appropriate for every body either. People who 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 to help reduce pain and provide lower trunk stability. This happens 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 extremely easy to do and can help alleviate tight muscles.

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

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

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Rochester Chiropractor Discusses Lower 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 586-781-0800.

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