Spinal stability is the base for spine movement. Spinal stability safeguards the structures of the nervous system, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Young Chiropractic evaluates spinal stability in all our Easley back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends 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 play a part in spinal stability, even the smallest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Ligaments, bones, and discs in the spine supply all types of coupled motions of the spine and transmit proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which coordinates muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are damaged or otherwise in peril – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is feasible. (1) That’s where your Easley chiropractor comes onto the scene with chiropractic spinal manipulation and an effective treatment plan incorporating exercise.
BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Chiropractic care at Young Chiropractic addresses spinal stability with some usual exercise suggestions and looks at the use of innovative exercise methods like breathing that appear promising. Maximal abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise resulted in better increased spinal stability. As a breathing exercise to increase spinal joint stability, it had a beneficial effect on increasing co-contraction and spine stability as demonstrated by significantly larger muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis. (2) Forced breathing exercise therapy enhanced trunk stability and activities of daily living in chronic low back pain patients. (3) Easley back pain patients will appreciate how something they do every day – done with just a bit more thought - may help them with their back pain!
DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately coupled, and both offer some hope in fixing spinal stability issues. Young Chiropractic came across some new studies on how diaphragm training addresses spinal stability. In a study of rehabilitating athletes with nonspecific low back pain, inserting diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was helped improve function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm training significantly decreased the severity of pain and also affected the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are good in tackling Easley 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 realize back pain relief.
Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment soon. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way in helping keep the spine stable, reducing Easley back pain, and keeping the foundation of spinal movement intact.