Non-specific low back pain. Really? That’s
not what a back pain patient wants to hear! Well, your Richmond chiropractor
at Johnson Chiropractic knows some specific qualities
of back pain like yours and particular ways to help control
and ease its pain with chiropractic care.
What renders 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 others. (1) That information
is valuable for diagnosing and treating non-specific low back
listed these issues as being contributory to non-specific low back pain: short
hip flexors, low muscle activity of the gluteus maximus, and elevated
erector spinae activity during hip extension in addition to weak endurance of the lumbar extensor muscles and irregular movement of the lumbar spine to compensate for
the weak muscles. (2) Researchers have specifically investigated
how reduced hamstring flexibility may contribute to
low back pain development by way of 4 tests for flexibility and 5 for
stiffness when evaluating 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 hamstring
range of motion, and decreased lumbar lordosis were linked to greater odds of acquiring
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 is not a bad
exercise to do regularly either to improve all of these problems!
Try them out after we examine
HELP FOR RESTRICTED MOVEMENT
Johnson Chiropractic 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 intended to elicit and reestablish
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 source.
Interesting! In a recent study, healthy persons vs non-specific low
back pain patients showed that two types 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 helpful in sit-to-stand motion
that is important in everyday living for nonspecific low
back pain patients. (8) Exercises to make the extensor muscles stronger and spinal nutrition supplements may also be recommended
to support your effort to ease and control your non-specific low
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Joseph Beissel on the Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains the
effective, gentle treatment with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with chronic
low back pain.
Schedule your next Richmond
chiropractic appointment with Johnson Chiropractic. We work to make specific what we
can of your low back pain’s origin as well as its relief.
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