April 2022 Healthy News from Cross Chiropractic Center Words Describing Back Pain and Exercises to Strengthen the Multifidi Are Important

Your Sandy Springs chiropractor listens to every word used to describe the back pain experience to develop the proper, relieving treatment plan.

 
WORDS DESCRIBING PAIN ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR CHIROPRACTOR

“Why are you asking me all these questions, doc?”

Our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients are the core of our practice. Cross Chiropractic Center wants to understand each of our patients and your pain experience well, treat you well, and be sure you are satisfied with your care and outcome. That is why we ask you to describe your pain to us, sometimes a few times and in several different ways! Words mean different things to different people: “discomfort” to one may denote “pain” to another while “stiffness” means “pain” or “discomfort” to a another. It’s true! Researchers studied just what these different words mean to patients. An example with regards to the description of “feeling”: pain signified sharp/shooting, discomfort was dull/tingling, stiffness was tight/restricted. (1) It's important for us to know our patient’s experience with pain to better meet expectations and boost satisfaction with care. Patients who went to an integrated hospital for care of their musculoskeletal pain and depressive symptoms rated their pain as 5/10 (10 being greatest pain) as well as indicated multiple pain locations (9 of 17 participants), low back pain (13 of 17), and neck pain (8 of 17). Those are quite typical of rationales patients pursue chiropractic care! In this setting, because patients trusted their main physician, patients were satisfied with the collaboration amongst the various healthcare team members. Patients valued consistency in care from one caregiving chiropractor. (2) Cross Chiropractic Center knows our patients value - and can expect - these same things from us: consistency, care, collaboration, and results!

Your Sandy Springs chiropractor listens to every word used to describe the back pain experience to develop the proper, relieving treatment plan. 

Sandy Springs CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Strengthen Multifidus Muscles While Standing

Back pain. It’s a simple description that may stem from many factors including the muscles of the spine, those seen and unseen. The multifidus muscles are such unseen muscles, smaller, deep muscles that run parallel to the spine from the cervical spine to the sacrum. These muscles aid movements like lateral (side) flexion and rotation of the spine when contracted. (3) Recently, researchers proposed that the multifidi may be a potential source of back pain since they are described as being stiffer in low back pain sufferers. Low back pain is associated with lumbodorsal musculature (which incorporates the multifidus muscle) fatigue. Standing back extension exercise fatigued the multifidus sufficiently which may avert low back pain produced by muscle fatigue. (4) “Superman” (on-the-floor) exercises are well known. Standing back extension and “superman” exercises are newly reported as equally beneficial in strengthening these multifidus muscles. (5) That is great news! Sandy Springs back pain sufferers can do simple, standing exercises like this anywhere! The multifidi benefit!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paula Hugulet on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she details the benefit of increasing muscle strength and function as part of back pain care following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center

Make your next Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment today. Your words will be heard. Your multifidus muscles will be strengthened via proper exercise to lessen and potentially avert back pain. Cross Chiropractic Center will ask you questions, and you are welcome to ask Cross Chiropractic Center questions, too!

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