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Healthy News November 2023

picture of spinal manipulation to help relieve neurological symptoms and improve quality of life 

SPINAL MANIPULATION HELPS WITH NEUROLOGICAL SYMPTOMS:
Balance, Muscle Stiffness, Motor Function, etc.

A review of the research on the helpfulness of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for symptoms linked to neurological disorders - leading reasons for disability globally – reported an important finding: SMT enhanced quality of life, balance, and cerebral palsy. Spinal Care Clinic incorporates spinal manipulation into our care of Burlington and Hamilton back pain and neck pain patients’ treatment plans! Other findings included how SMT may increase strength in asymptomatic spine pain and stroke patients as well as motor function, autonomic function, muscle stiffness, balance problems, and spasticity. (1) Though rare and an extreme form of spasticity, hereditary spastic paraplegia (a neurodegenerative disorder), was helped with SMT. Its extremity spasticity and pain were reduced, and strength and function were enhanced after 9 months of chiropractic care alongside NSAIDs and baclofen. (2) Research and experience showed that multidisciplinary integrative care for low back pain has its benefits in decreasing disability, improving pain, and lessening symptom frequency. One study showed that the difference was just 4% though: 43% for chiropractic care alone while it was 47% for multidisciplinary. (3) A chiropractic-based study of lumbar spinal stenosis patients with related balance issues treated with SMT of the flexion distraction type (aka Cox® Technic) documented significant improvement in objective (tests like Timed Up and Go, Five Time Sit to Stand, balance force plate measurements of entropy) and subjective outcomes (patient-reported) at mid visit (average 9th visit) and end visit (average 13.7th visit). The average age of the participants was 83.5 years old! (4) Improving balance is so important for older folks! We know that making musculoskeletal pain care person-centered – taking into account age, symptoms that come along with back pain and related conditions, willingness to follow the treatment plan - is so essential. (5) What do you want? Ready to begin the path to symptom relief? Spinal Care Clinic is!!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about the benefit of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for spinal stenosis sufferers and their balance.

picture of proper Burlington and Hamilton lifting  

TIP OF THE MONTH: Lift (and Lower) Properly

“Keep your back straight when you lift! Bend your knees!” You have heard such recommendations about proper lifting strategies. A recent study tested other factors and found that externally rotating the feet while keeping the spine straight allowed further reach while lifting with a straight spine. (6) Another study describes how lumbar spine extensor muscle force control – weaker in back pain patients yet crucial in daily activities like lifting – is linked to increased multiplanar knee movement throughout the lifting process. (7) We need to think about the knees, too! In an interesting twist on proper lifting, a study described that postural control was more challenged during load-lowering than load-lifting! (8) Thinking before lifting and lowering is important! We’ll talk more on your next Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic visit.

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