Washington Township Chiropractor Discusses Lower Back Pain

Washington Township Chiropractor Discusses Lower Back Pain

Most people have several different, postures, sleeping patterns, and positions that feel more comfortable when we are watching T.V. or resting. Sometimes these details can be helpful when our Washington Township chiropractors are treating low back pain (LBP).

In most cases, when diagnosing lower back pain, there is a position where individuals feel less discomfort. This could be sitting down, lying down on their stomach or lying on their back with their knees bent. If we check these positions we’re able to recognize the persons preferred movement in the spine. We then take these details to provide a specific exercise plan to help eliminate pain and maximize 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 taken out of neutral position and placed in a forward movement. For example, this might be sitting down or lying face-up with both knees bent. These positions may be much more comfortable as the tension is removed from the pelvis creating a more optimum point where lumbar muscles can be relaxed. Flexion exercises may not be for every body. For example, people that have acute disc herniation should avoid these sorts of exercises .

The other position is extension. With extension, people might feel good standing or lying face down. This position, bends the spine backwards. Extension may not be suitable for everybody. Those 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 created flexion exercises in the 1930s. He established these exercises to help reduce soreness and provide lower trunk stability. This is achieved 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 soothe tight muscles.

Robin McKenzie developed extension exercises in the 1950s. These exercises help centralize the back discomfort a person is suffering from. If a patient has discomfort in more than one area, for example, the lower back, right thigh, right buttock, and right calf, extension exercises can centralize pain so that ultimately the patient would feel pain only in the lower back.

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

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Washington Township 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 Washington Township chiropractor, please contact our office at 586-781-0800.

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