Non-specific low back pain. Really? No one wants to hear
their back pain is “non-specific.” Well, your Sandy Springs chiropractor
at Cross Chiropractic Center knows some specific features
of back pain like yours and particular ways to help contain
and ease its pain with chiropractic care.
What renders non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) so
non-specific? A recent review of research documented 121 movement and 150
muscular activity biomarkers to differentiate non-specific low
back pain sufferers from asymptomatic others. (1) That information
is critical for diagnosing and treating non-specific low back
pain. Contributing issues to non-specific low back pain included: short
hip flexors, low muscle activity of the gluteus maximus, and elevated
erector spinae activity during hip extension as
well as weak endurance of the lumbar extensor muscles and compensatory movement
of the lumbar spine. (2) Researchers have specifically investigated
how decreased hamstring flexibility may impact
low back pain development via 4 tests for flexibility and 5 for
stiffness when evaluating low back pain patients.
(3) Further, they also noticed significantly worse
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 reduced lumbar lordosis were associated
with an increased risk of developing
low back pain. (5) A simple, easy test called Five Times
Sit-to-Stand Test assesses lower extremity muscle strength, balance,
function, and pain in chronic non-specific low back pain patients. (6) (It’s not a bad
exercise to do regularly either to improve all of these problems!
Start doing them after we examine
HELP FOR RESTRICTED MOVEMENT
Cross Chiropractic Center 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 provoke and restore
normal ranges of spinal motion. (7) A lumbar support belt may be suggested.
The use of a lumbar support belt enjoys a complicated
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 positive effect
on motor control in patients with nonspecific low back pain, suggesting they may be useful in sit-to-stand motion
that is essential in everyday living for nonspecific low
back pain patients. (8) Exercises to make the extensor muscles stronger and spinal nutrition supplements may also be advised
to support your effort to ease and control your non-specific low
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Joseph Beissel on the Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the
effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient with chronic
low back pain.
Schedule your next Sandy Springs
chiropractic appointment with Cross Chiropractic Center. We work to make specific what we
can of your low back pain’s origin as well as its relief.
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