Have you experienced back pain before? Yes? It is common to fear its recurrence, but do not let it hijack your life! This holiday season, consider Santa. Think he’s experienced back pain before lugging all those boxes and bags? Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic imagines so! Santa cannot stop, and neither can you. Augusta chiropractic care can help manage new back pain and chronic back pain and lead our Augusta back pain sufferers to be a bit less fearful and a bit more confident getting around this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Augusta chiropractor realizes this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers studied this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also affects postural sway or balance by interfering with hip balance control, causing weight shifting from side to side to keep balance. (1) What’s an undesirable effect of being off-balance? A fall. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic finds it very critical to help our back pain patients – especially our older back pain patients – stay balanced and upright!
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND REDUCE FEAR
“There is an app for that!” Just what our older Augusta chiropractic patients with balance issues want to hear?! As much as “tech” can annoy some of its users, especially some older users, it can help! The novel smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is accessible. Researchers have documented that it is able to track age-related differences in balance not typically noted via clinical exam measurements like postural stability, step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can assist healthcare providers like your chiropractor design a more effective and individualized treatment plan to decrease fear of movement and enhanced 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 influence gait, balance and/or fall risk and prevention. (3) One encouraging 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) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic offers this treatment along with nutrition and exercise to keep our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
One new nutrition finding this month may also aid 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 via blood tests with pain and disability. Vitamin D which appears in many health news reports today also seems to be a potential biomarker for back pain relief and disability. A respected randomized control study found a link between vitamin D levels and changes in both pain and disability for low back pain patients treated with spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Joel Dixon on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates his helping a Vietnam veteran deal with his back pain for 20 years, incorporating the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment now. Calling all our Augusta back pain patients! Bring us your back pain and your fear of back pain, bending and falling. We can help you manage them as well as Santa fearlessly and efficiently delivers all his packages in a single night!