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

Low back pain (LBP) is a spinal condition that impacts millions of people worldwide, triggering not only pain but also limiting daily activities and quality of life. Chiropractic is often an effective stop for many sufferers in their search for effective management, and new research sheds light on a possibly important 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 highlights significant insights into how proprioception - the body's capacity to sense its own position in space - may influence postural sway and stability, particularly in those who suffer with low back pain. (1)

For low back pain patients and their Manahawkin chiropractor at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center seeking effective strategies for back pain relief and management, understanding the role of lower limb proprioception can be a game-changer. Proprioception concerns the sensory information that permits our body to sense its position, making it indispensable for keeping balance, coordinating movements, and ensuring stability. Disruptions or impairments in proprioceptive feedback can contribute to more postural sway, which could potentially worsen Manahawkin back pain.

The research stresses a significant 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 crucial component of comprehensive low back pain management strategies. Through targeted interventions aimed at improving proprioceptive awareness and function in the lower limbs, it may be possible to enhance postural control, decrease postural sway, and ultimately, ease pain and discomfort linked to low back pain.


Using exercises (after a talk with your Manahawkin chiropractor!) designed to improve proprioception in the lower limbs can be beneficial for individuals experiencing LBP. Here are a few exercises that might help in enhancing proprioceptive skills and stimulating better postural control:

  • Single-Leg Balance: Standing on one foot, try to maintain 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 right in front of the toes of the other foot to enhance balance and coordination.
  • Squats on Unstable Surface: Doing squats on a cushioned mat or balance board can help by engaging stabilizing muscles.

Keep in mind that while exercises concentrating on lower limb proprioception can be quite beneficial, they are a part of an effective Manahawkin 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. Recall 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 details the effectiveness of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating low back pain patients with spinal stenosis.

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