November 2023 Healthy News from Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic Neurological Symptoms Like Quality of Life Improved with SMT; Tips for Lifting and Lowering Properly

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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 a significant finding: SMT improved quality of life, balance, and cerebral palsy. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic incorporates spinal manipulation into our care of Augusta back pain and neck pain patients’ treatment plans! Other findings included how SMT may boost 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 condition of spasticity, hereditary spastic paraplegia (a neurodegenerative disorder), was iumproved with SMT. Its extremity spasticity and pain were reduced, and strength and function were enhanced after 9 months of chiropractic care alongwith NSAIDs and baclofen. (2) Research and experience revealed that multidisciplinary integrative care for low back pain has its benefits in reducing disability, decreasing pain, and reducing symptom frequency. One study demonstrated 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) revealed 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) Enhancing 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 cooperate with the treatment plan - is so essential. (5) What do you want? Ready to begin the path to symptom relief? Lombardy Chiropractic 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.

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TIP OF THE MONTH: Lift (and Lower) Properly

“Keep your back straight when you lift! Bend your knees!” Our Augusta back pain patient patients have heard such recommendations about proper lifting strategies. A new study tested other factors and found that externally rotating the feet while maintaining a spine straight allowed further reach while lifting with a straight spine. (6) Another study explains how lumbar spine extensor muscle force control – weaker in back pain patients yet crucial in daily activities like lifting – is associated with increased multiplanar knee movement during lifting. (7) We need to think about the knees, too! In a noteworthy 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! Let’s talk more on your next Augusta chiropractic visit.

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