Baton Rouge Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It’s good. It’s bad. So what is up with extension for the spine? Both are true: It is valuable. It’s harmful. It’s the job of your Baton Rouge chiropractor to help you decide the role of extension in your Baton Rouge back pain relief plan and Baton Rouge back pain control plan moving past the existing episode of back pain. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is well experienced in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and mobility.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most prominent curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve inwardly. Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially pushes on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Flexion often permits the disc bulge to get away from the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation wants to help reduce painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back is at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% occurs at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine happens at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more advanced) occurs most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion takes place, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension takes place. Baton Rouge chiropractic patients need beneficial extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation respects extension and gets how it may benefit and harm. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just like discs degenerate. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is necessary for this when the spine is healthy enough to perform extension. Extension to a painful spine may hurt. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion reduced disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension made the disc herniation larger and constricted the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion opened the vertebral canal and reduced pain while extension exacerbated the stenosis and produced pain. (3) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation understands the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to apply extension.

Baton Rouge CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment integrates extension into the Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan for its benefits. Cox® Technic used with the cervical spine dropped intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in the lumbar spine. (5) Extension escalated pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the most the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation does for its Baton Rouge back pain patients.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He shares how he cared for a patient whose back pain continues after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation today. Let us discover the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

 Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation knows the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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