Easley Low Back Pain Helped by Exercise that Helps Lower Limb Proprioception and Balance

May 15, 2024

Low back pain (LBP) is a spinal condition that impacts millions of people worldwide, causing not only pain but also restricting activities of daily living and quality of life. Chiropractic is often an effective stop for many sufferers in their quest for effective management, and recent research sheds light on a possibly crucial aspect of low back pain treatment and prevention - the part lower limb proprioception plays in its relationship with voluntary postural control.


Recent findings published in the Journal of Motor Behavior explore this connection in depth. The study features valuable insights into how proprioception - the body's ability to perceive its own position in space - may influence postural sway and stability, especially in those who suffer with low back pain. (1)

For low back pain patients and their Easley chiropractor at Young Chiropractic seeking effective ways to deal with and manage back pain, understanding the role of lower limb proprioception can be a game-changer. Proprioception involves the sensory information that permits our body to sense its position, making it essential for upholding balance, directing movements, and ensuring stability. Disruptions or impairments in proprioceptive feedback can contribute to more postural sway, which could potentially worsen low back pain.

The research highlights a substantial correlation between lower limb proprioception deficits and voluntary postural control difficulties in low back pain patients. This intimates that tackling proprioceptive impairments could be a key component of comprehensive low back pain management strategies. Through targeted interventions designed to improve proprioceptive awareness and function in the lower limbs, it may be possible to improve postural control, reduce postural sway, and ultimately, ease pain and discomfort associated with low back pain.


Using exercises (after a talk with your Easley chiropractor!) designed to improve proprioception in the lower limbs can be helpful for individuals with low back pain. Here are a few exercises that might help in enhancing proprioceptive skills and promoting better postural control:


  • Single-Leg Balance: Standing on one foot, try to keep balance for 30 seconds. Close your eye or stand on an unstable surface id you’d like to challenge yourself.
  • Heel-to-Toe Walk: Slowly walk in a straight line, placing the heel of one foot exactly in front of the toes of the other foot. This helps improve balance and coordination.
  • Squats on Unstable Surface: Performing squats on a cushioned mat or balance board can help by engaging stabilizing muscles.


Keep in mind that while exercises focusing on lower limb proprioception can offer benefits, they are a part of an effective Easley chiropractic treatment plan to manage low back pain. Spinal alignment, muscle strength, flexibility, and overall physical health, also play important roles in the effective treatment and prevention of LBP while gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation, particularly Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, and nutrition are incorporated. Remember the paper by Smith and Olding about the effectiveness of Cox® Technic spinal manipulation in improving mobility in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. (2)

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effective use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in managing low back pain patients with spinal stenosis.

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