Spinal stability is the basis for spine
movement. Spinal stability safeguards the structures of the
nervous system, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve
roots. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation assesses spinal stability in all our Baton Rouge
back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends on strong, stable
musculature to perform its job. New research is indicating that the
role of the diaphragm and breathing is to support spinal stability.
All the numerous parts of the spine play
a role in spinal stability, even the smallest
spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Ligaments, bones,
and discs in the spine contribute to
all sorts of coupled motions of the spine and transmit
proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which coordinates
muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are injured
or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability
is possible. (1) That is where your
Baton Rouge chiropractor comes into play with
chiropractic spinal manipulation and a helpful treatment plan
BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Chiropractic care at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation addresses spinal stability
with some typical exercise recommendations
and explores the use of newer exercise methods
like breathing that appear promising. Maximal
abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise proved
itself better at increasing spinal stability. As
a breathing exercise to enhance spinal joint stability, it had a
positive effect on improving co-contraction
and spine stability as demonstrated by significantly greater
muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis. (2) Forced
breathing exercise therapy improved trunk stability and
activities of daily living in chronic low back pain patients. (3)
Baton Rouge back pain patients will value how something
they do every day – done with just a little more intention
- may ease their back pain!
DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately intertwined,
and both offer some hope in addressing spinal
stability issues. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation found some new studies on
how diaphragm training addresses spinal stability. In a study of rehabilitating athletes with nonspecific low back pain, adding
diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was helped improve function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm
training significantly decreased the severity of pain and also altered
the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus
muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are helpful
in combatting Baton Rouge back pain.
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN, ICHC, FNLP, LE, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as they describe their combined treatment approach
of breathing training and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped
a patient find back pain relief.
Schedule your Baton Rouge
chiropractic appointment now.
Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way towards helping
keep the spine stable, decreasing Baton Rouge back
pain, and keeping the foundation of spinal movement intact.