Sitting for a long time. Working on a computer for for too long. Bending over a project for too long. Many positional issues may initiate back pain or neck pain. Spine researchers talk about flexion relaxation ratios (FRR) and flexion relaxation phenomena (FRP) that occur with such irritations of the neck and low back. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is ready to help reduce Augusta neck pain and back pain with our chiropractic services as well as help troubleshoot ways to reduce the risk of pain when doing movements you must do all day or things you want to do occasionally but know they are irritating to your back or neck.
LUMBAR SPINE and LOW BACK PAIN: Sitting
The curiosity of spinal pain researchers brings about some research-provoking issues like does sitting for an hour produce pain in patients who have had back pain before (but don’t have back pain currently) versus those without. They did not find a difference in the flexion relaxation ratio (FRR) they measured but think that may be because an hour wasn’t long enough to bring on pain in the history-of-back-pain patients. (1) Hum? A reduction of the paraspinal muscle activity at maximum flexion reveals the related flexion relaxation phenomenon (FRP). An analysis of 48 published studies on this topic found that nonspecific low back pain patients’ FRP was modified. Compared to asymptomatic patients, this variation was significant. (2) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic examines these types of issues in our Augusta back pain patients and neck pain patients.
CERVICAL SPINE and NECK PAIN
FRP and FRR can be measured in neck pain patients as well. In comparison to the lumbar spine’s FRP and FFR, differences in the reaction of cervical spine muscles were noted in pain patients versus asymptomatic volunteers. The cervical flexion relaxation phenomenon was seen in neck extensor muscles when in flexion. Persistent muscle contraction due to diminished flexion relaxation puts vertebral structures at risk due to excessive loading. 84% of healthy subjects had FRP while only 36% of in-pain patients did. FRR was lower in neck pain patientsas well. (3) Further, when contrasting computer workers with neck pain to those without neck pain to those who do not computer work, researchers concluded that computer use could raise the use of the semispinalis capitis during neck extension, making it a possible predictor of symptomatic neck musculoskeletal disorders as its initiation was found in both types of computer users’ necks. (4) Such a finding is helpful to healthcare providers like your chiropractor to see what this muscle does on extension and counsel our patients on how to strengthen the cervical extensor muscles.
RELIEF FOR NECK AND BACK PAIN
Cox® Technic is gentle, relieving Augusta chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain. Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Sean Delahunt on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with neck pain.
CONTACT Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic
Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic appointment with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic. For relief of spine pain due to positional activities, our treatment plan eases the pain and shares tips on how to lessen the risk of pain while doing what you want and have to do.