Non-specific low back pain. Really? That’s
not what a back pain patient wants to hear! Well, your Manahawkin chiropractor
at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center knows some specific features
of back pain like yours and specific ways to help contain
and ease its pain with chiropractic care.
What makes non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) so
non-specific? A recent review of research detailed 121 movement and 150
muscular activity biomarkers to distinguish non-specific low
back pain sufferers from asymptomatic people. (1) That information
is key for diagnosing and treating non-specific low back
pain. Contributing issues to non-specific low back pain included: short
hip flexors, low muscle activity of the gluteus maximus, and high
erector spinae activity throughout hip extension as
well as weak endurance of the lumbar extensor muscles and compensatory movement
of the lumbar spine. (2) Researchers have purposely investigated
how decreased hamstring flexibility may contribute to
low back pain development by way of 4 tests for flexibility and 5 for
stiffness when examining low back pain patients.
(3) Further, they also noted significantly poorer
back extensor muscle endurance in non-specific chronic low back pain patients.
(4) Limited lateral flexion of
the lumbar spine, limited range of motion of the hamstring muscle, and reduced lumbar lordosis were linked to an increased risk of developing
low back pain. (5) A simple, easy test called Five Times
Sit-to-Stand Test measures lower extremity muscle strength, balance,
function, and pain in chronic non-specific low back pain patients. (6) (It’s not a bad
exercise to do regularly either to enhance all of these issues!
Start doing them after we examine
HELP FOR RESTRICTED MOVEMENT
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center uses a multi-pronged
approach to helping NSLBP patients with their movement. The gentle,
non-radicular treatment protocols of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
are designed to provoke and restore
normal ranges of spinal motion. (7) A lumbar support brace may be suggested.
Using a lumbar support belt enjoys a thorny
reputation of being useful and not being useful depending on the author.
Interesting! In a recent study, healthy persons vs non-specific low
back pain patients showed that two kinds of lumbar
belts – extensible and non-extensible - had a beneficial effect
on motor control in patients with nonspecific low back pain, suggesting they may be useful in sit-to-stand motion
that is important in everyday living for nonspecific low
back pain patients. (8) Exercises to strengthen
the extensor muscles and spinal nutrition supplements may also be recommended
to support your effort to get rid of and control your non-specific low
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Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Joseph Beissel on the Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the
effective, gentle treatment with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient with chronic
low back pain.
Make your next Manahawkin
chiropractic appointment with Manahawkin Chiropractic Center. We work to make specific what we
can of your low back pain’s cause and its relief.
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