Romeo Chiropractor Discusses Lower Back Pain

Romeo Chiropractor Discusses Lower Back Pain

We all different, postures, sleeping patterns, and positions that feel comfortable when we are watching T.V. or resting. Did you know this information can be helpful when relieving low back pain (LBP)?

When working with lower back pain, in most cases there’s a position where individuals feel less pain and discomfort. This might be sitting, lying down on their abdomen or resting on their back with their knees bent. When we check these positions we are able to figure out the persons preferred movement in the spine. We then take these details to create a specific exercise plan to help eliminate pain and increase strength and flexibility.

Most patients are inclined 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 in 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 taken away from the pelvis creating a more favorable position where lumbar muscles can be relaxed. Flexion exercises may not be for all people. For instance, those that have acute disc herniation should avoid these kinds of exercises .

The other position is extension. With extension, patients may feel better standing or lying face down. This position, bends the spine backwards. Extension is not always best for every person either. Individuals who have spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, fractures or tumors shouldn’t 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 to help reduce discomfort and provide lower trunk stability. This happens 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 relatively easy to do and can help soothe tight muscles

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

Both flexion and extension exercises may be used when relieving 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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Romeo 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 Romeo chiropractor, please contact our office at 586-781-0800.

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