Spinal stability is the base for spine
movement. Spinal stability safeguards the structures of the
nervous system, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve
roots. Palmer Chiropractic Center evaluates spinal stability in all our Lynchburg
back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability relies on strong, stable
musculature to do its job. New research is indicating that the
role of the diaphragm and breathing is to support spinal stability.
All the numerous parts of the spine contribute to spinal stability, even the smallest
spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Ligaments, bones,
and discs in the spine provide
all sorts of coupled motions of the spine and transfer
proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which aligns
muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are damaged
or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability
is feasible. (1) That’s where your
Lynchburg chiropractor comes onto the scene with
chiropractic spinal manipulation and an effective treatment plan
BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Chiropractic care at Palmer Chiropractic Center addresses spinal stability
with some typical exercise recommendations
and looks at the use of newer exercise approaches
like breathing that are showing some promise. Maximal
abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise showed
itself better at increasing spinal stability. As
a breathing exercise to enhance spinal joint stability, it had a
positive effect on improving co-contraction
and spine stability as shown by significantly greater
muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis. (2) Forced
breathing exercise therapy improved trunk stability and
activities of daily living in chronic low back pain patients. (3)
Lynchburg back pain patients will value how something
they do every day – done with just a little more intention
- may help them with their back pain!
DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately connected,
and both hold some hope in fixing spinal
stability issues. Palmer Chiropractic Center found some new studies on
how diaphragm training addresses spinal stability. In a study of the
rehabilitation of athletes with nonspecific low back pain, inserting
diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was beneficial
in improving function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm
training significantly reduced the severity of pain and also altered
the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus
muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are helpful
in managing Lynchburg back pain.
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN, ICHC, FNLP, LE, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as they describe their combined treatment approach
of breathing training and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped
a patient find back pain relief.
Make your Lynchburg
chiropractic appointment soon.
Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way in keeping the spine stable, decreasing Lynchburg back
pain, and keeping the foundation of spinal movement intact.