Extension of the spine: It’s good. It
So what is up with spinal extension?
Both are accurate: It is beneficial. It’s harmful. It
is the job of your Sandy Springs chiropractor to help you establish the role of extension for your Sandy Springs
back pain relief plan and Sandy Springs back pain control plan in the future.
Your Sandy Springs chiropractor at Cross Chiropractic Center is well versed
in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal
health and mobility.
Two of the spine’s most noticeable curves –
the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve concavely.
Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates
or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially pushes
on the spinal nerves causing pain. Flexion usually
allows the disc bulge to move off of the
nerve. Extension often allows the disc bulge to press on
the nerves more. Cross Chiropractic Center sets out to help reduce
painful situations like this!
75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back occurs
at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% occurs at the
L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine happens
at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more
advanced) happens most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal
level where most of the flexion takes place, and C4-C5 is where
most of the extension takes place. Sandy Springs chiropractic
patients need healthy extension!
Cross Chiropractic Center respects extension and understands
how it may benefit and harm. The extensor muscles in the
back weaken and degenerate just as discs do. (1)
Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is essential
for this when the spine is healthy enough to do extension. Extension to a painful spine may hurt. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion decreased disc
protrusion and maximizes the sagittal diameter of the vertebral
canal while extension made the disc herniation
larger and narrowed the vertebral canal causing
stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion opened
the vertebral canal and reduced pain while extension worsened
the stenosis and triggered pain. (3) Cross Chiropractic Center understands
the key to getting the benefits of extension is in recognizing
when to apply extension.
Sandy Springs CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION
Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment integrates
extension into the Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment plan for its advantages.
Cox® Technic applied to the cervical spine dropped
intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in
the lumbar spine. (5) Extension escalated pressures in the lumbar
spine to 1250 mmHg (the highest amount the transducer could measure).
(4) Dropping intradiscal pressures and back pain is what
Cross Chiropractic Center does for its Sandy Springs back pain
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on the Back
Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He shares how he helped
a patient whose back pain persists after multiple back
surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain
as the table is flexed not extended.
Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment
with Cross Chiropractic Center today. Let us figure out
the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future
back pain control strategy.
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