Had back pain before? Yes? It
is natural to fear its recurrence, but do
not let it stop your life! This holiday
season, consider Santa. Think he’s had
back pain before throwing all those packages
and parcels? Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries expects he has!
Santa cannot quit, and neither can you. Manchester
chiropractic care can help manage new back pain and chronic
back pain and lead our Manchester back pain
sufferers to be a bit less fearful and a bit more confident getting around this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Manchester chiropractor knows
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers analyzed this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also affects postural sway or balance by disrupting hip balance control, bringing about weight shifting from
side to side to keep balance. (1) What’s an unwanted
consequence of being off-balance? A fall. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
finds it very critical to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – stay balanced and upright!
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND REDUCE FEAR
“There is an app for that!” Just what our
older Manchester chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can frustrate a few of its users,
particularly some older users, it can help! The novel
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is available.
Researchers have verified that it is able to track
age-related differences in balance not necessarily noted during clinical exam measurements like postural stability,
step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can help
healthcare providers like your chiropractor create a more effective
and individualized treatment plan to reduce fear of movement and
improve balance. This is quite hopeful, so much so that chiropractic
researchers are doing more research study
to quantify the benefits of multimodal chiropractic care in its
ability to affect gait, balance and/or fall risk and
prevention. (3) One encouraging study with older lumbar spinal
stenosis patients (average age 83.5 years) found that their postural sway and
entropy in addition to function and symptomatology were better
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries uses this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to help our patients keep moving fearlessly and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
One new nutrition discovery this month
may also help this effort. It comes from researchers evaluating
levels of biomarkers – C-reactive protein, vitamin D, neuropeptide Y and others
- in low back pain patients tested via blood tests with pain
and disability. Vitamin D which appears in many health
news reports today also appears to be a potential biomarker for
back pain relief and disability. A reliable randomized control study
found a correlation between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients treated with
spinal manipulation. (5) One day, we may do blood tests to check
for back pain risks!
CONTACT Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Joel Dixon on The Back Doctors
Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his helping
a Vietnam veteran deal with his back pain for 20 years,
incorporating the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your Manchester chiropractic
appointment soon. Calling all our Manchester back pain patients!
Bring us your back pain and your fear of back pain, bending and falling. We can
help you manage them as well as Santa fearlessly and efficiently delivers
all his presents in a single night!