Richmond Stability is Critical for Back Painand for Coping Today

March 17, 2020

Just a short note on the current COVID-19. The CDC guidelines regarding how to cope are good. Look after yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Johnson Chiropractic advocates the same…and also suggests that you see your Richmond chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!

Johnson Chiropractic shares CDC advice on how to cope with coronavirus stress. 


Now, let’s consider exercise to not only stabilize YOU and your fellow Richmond chiropractic patients during times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering, but exercise to stabilize your spine while and following your Richmond back pain episodes.


Stability and balance go together. Stability refers to how balance is controlled. Reduced balance control is connected with less stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of stability is often seen in or described by musculoskeletal pain patients who have back pain and neck pain. Therefore, Johnson Chiropractic observes every chiropractic patient carefully throughout their entire visit door to door. Observation is a valuable tool in the management of back pain and related leg pain, Richmond neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers examined this topic of balance and its disruption, too. New studies reported on patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Johnson Chiropractic likes these tests. Some of our Richmond chiropractic patients will be curious about what we are looking for when we ask them to sit in a chair and stand up from the chair and time them! We chiropractors are a curious group! Trials like these reveal to your Richmond chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition. Another analysis of such studies reported that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at Johnson Chiropractic enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured additional studies like these are in progress, and one explicitly examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction affects these tests and ultimately the balance and stability of back pain patients is underway.


Many trials have previously shown that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience falls and have balance issues. That is a foremost problem for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and muscle strength. (1) Johnson Chiropractic urges our patients to exercise for balance and stability.


The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a known and very critical stabilizer for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers measured their multifidus muscles during the soccer season. At rest while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness diminished. Those players with low back pain exhibited significant change at rest. (2) Australian football players with low back pain were to have the same issue while standing and at rest. (3) Both studies noted that body composition and body fat and mass were connected with the lumbar multifidus muscle size. Johnson Chiropractic has some exercise recommendations for our Richmond back pain patients to strengthen their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and stability. Johnson Chiropractic is ready to share them with you at your Richmond chiropractic appointment!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Marc Baker on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. The value of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for back pain and neck pain patients’ recovery is highlighted.

Schedule your next Richmond chiropractic appointment at Johnson Chiropractic today. Let Johnson Chiropractic be part of your plan to sustain and improve your stability and balance during your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this unusual time of coronavirus.