Spinal stability is the basis for spine
movement. Spinal stability protects the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve
roots. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation assesses spinal stability in all our Carrolltown
back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends on strong, stable
musculature to perform its job. New research is pointing to the role of the diaphragm
and breathing in supporting spinal stability.
All the assorted parts of the spine figure into spinal stability, even the smallest
spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Bones, discs, and ligaments in the spine supply
all types 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 damaged
or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability
is possible. (1) That’s where your
Carrolltown chiropractor comes onto the scene with
chiropractic spinal manipulation and a helpful treatment plan
BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Chiropractic care at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation addresses spinal stability
with some usual exercise suggestions
and explores the use of innovative exercise approaches
like breathing that are showing some promise. Maximal
abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise resulted in better increased spinal stability. As
a breathing exercise to enhance spinal joint stability, it had a
positive effect on improving co-contraction
and spine stability as shown by significantly greater
muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis. (2) Forced
breathing exercise therapy enhanced trunk stability and
activities of daily living in chronic low back pain sufferers. (3)
Carrolltown back pain patients will value how something
they do every day – done with just a bit more intention
- may ease their back pain!
DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately connected,
and both hold some hope in addressing spinal
stability issues. Gormish Chiropractic & 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 affected
the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus
muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are good
in tackling Carrolltown back pain.
CONTACT Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
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 realize back pain relief.
Schedule your Carrolltown
chiropractic appointment today.
Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way towards keeping the spine stable, easing Carrolltown back
pain, and maintaining the foundation of spinal movement intact.