Have you experienced back pain before? Yes? It
is common to fear its return, but do
not let it stop your life! This time of year, just think of Santa. Think he’s had
back pain before delivering all those packages
and parcels? Spinal Care Clinic expects he has!
Santa cannot quit, and neither can you. Burlington and Hamilton
chiropractic care can help manage new back pain and chronic
back pain and direct our Burlington and Hamilton back pain
sufferers to live
a bit more fear-lessly and confidently this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Burlington and Hamilton 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, causing weight shifting from
side to side to maintain balance. (1) What’s an unwanted
consequence of being off-balance? A fall. Spinal Care Clinic
finds it very important to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – stay balanced and upright!
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND DECREASE FEAR
“There’s an app for that!” Just what our
older Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can annoy a few of its users,
especially some older users, it can help! The novel
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is offered.
Researchers have documented that it is able to track
age-related differences in balance not typically 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 beneficial
and individualized treatment plan to decrease fear of movement and
increase 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 positive study with older lumbar spinal
stenosis patients (average age 83.5 years) found that their postural sway and
entropy as well as function and symptomatology were improved
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Spinal Care Clinic uses this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to keep
our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
A 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 with 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 link between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients cared for with
spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to check
for back pain risks!
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
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 Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic
appointment soon. Calling all our Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients!
Bring us your back pain and your fear of back pain, bending and falling. We can
help you handle them as well as Santa fearlessly and efficiently delivers
all his presents in a single night!