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Augusta Low Back Pain Helped by Exercise that Helps Lower Limb Proprioception and Balance

May 15, 2024

Low back pain (LBP) is a spinal condition that impacts millions of people around the world, causing not only pain but also restricting activities of daily living and quality of life. Chiropractic is often an effective stop for many sufferers in their search for effective management, and recent research sheds light on a possibly crucial aspect of low back pain treatment and prevention - the part lower limb proprioception plays in its relationship with voluntary postural control.


Recent findings published in the Journal of Motor Behavior explore this connection in depth. The study highlights significant insights into how proprioception - the body's capacity to perceive its own position in space - may influence postural sway and stability, particularly in those who suffer with low back pain. (1)

For low back pain patients and their Augusta chiropractor at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic seeking effective strategies for back pain relief and management, grasping the role of lower limb proprioception can be a game-changer. Proprioception entails the sensory information that permits our body to sense its position, making it indispensable for maintaining balance, coordinating movements, and ensuring stability. Disruptions or impairments in proprioceptive feedback can contribute to increased postural sway, which could potentially worsen low back pain.

The research stresses a substantial correlation between lower limb proprioception deficits and voluntary postural control difficulties in low back pain patients. This suggests that tackling proprioceptive impairments could be a key part of comprehensive low back pain management strategies. Through targeted interventions aimed at improving proprioceptive awareness and function in the lower limbs, it may be possible to improve postural control, decrease postural sway, and ultimately, ease pain and discomfort associated with LBP.


Using exercises (after a talk with your Augusta chiropractor!) designed to improve proprioception in the lower limbs can be beneficial for individuals who have LBP. Here are a few exercises that might help in enhancing proprioceptive capabilities and promoting better postural control:


  • Single-Leg Balance: Standing on one foot, try to maintain balance for 30 seconds. Close your eye or stand on an unstable surface id you’d like to challenge yourself.
  • Heel-to-Toe Walk: Slowly walk in a straight line, placing the heel of one foot right in front of the toes of the other foot to improve balance and coordination.
  • Squats on Unstable Surface: Doing squats on a cushioned mat or balance board can be beneficial by engaging stabilizing muscles.


Keep in mind that while exercises focusing on lower limb proprioception can offer benefits, they are a part of an effective Augusta chiropractic treatment plan to manage low back pain. Spinal alignment, muscle strength, flexibility, and overall physical health, also play important roles in the successful treatment and prevention of LBP while gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation, particularly Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, and nutrition are incorporated. Remember the paper by Smith and Olding about the effectiveness of Cox® Technic spinal manipulation in improving mobility in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. (2)

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he details the effective use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating low back pain patients with spinal stenosis.

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