Had back pain before? Yes? It
is common to fear its return, but do
not let it hijack your life! This time of year, just think of Santa. Think he’s experienced
back pain before throwing all those packages
and parcels? Chiropractic Solutions expects he has!
Santa can’t stop, and neither can you. San Jose
chiropractic care can help you deal with new back pain and chronic
back pain and guide our San Jose back pain
sufferers to be a bit less fearful and a bit more confident getting around this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your San Jose chiropractor knows
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers looked
into this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also influences postural sway or balance by disrupting hip balance control, causing weight shifting from
side to side to maintain balance. (1) What is an undesirable
result of being off-balance? A fall. Chiropractic Solutions
finds it very critical to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – to keep
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND REDUCE FEAR
“There’s an app for that!” Just what our
older San Jose chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can annoy some of its users,
especially some older users, it can help! The new
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is accessible.
Researchers have documented that it is able to assess
age-related differences in balance not typically picked
up via clinical exam measurements like postural stability,
step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can assist
healthcare providers like your chiropractor design a more effective
and individualized treatment plan to decrease fear of movement and
improve balance. This is quite hopeful, so much so that chiropractic
researchers are doing more research study
to measure the benefits of multimodal chiropractic care in its
ability to influence gait, balance and/or fall risk and
prevention. (3) One positive study with older lumbar spinal
stenosis patients (average age 83.5 years) found that their postural sway and
entropy as well as function and symptomatology were better
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Chiropractic Solutions offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to help our patients keep moving fearlessly and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
One new nutrition discovery this month
may also aid this effort. It comes from researchers analyzing
levels of biomarkers – C-reactive protein, vitamin D, neuropeptide Y and others
- in low back pain patients tested via blood tests with pain
and disability. Vitamin D which keeps appearing in many health
news reports today also appears to be a potential biomarker for
back pain relief and disability. A respected randomized control study
found a relationship between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients treated with
spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
CONTACT Chiropractic Solutions
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Joel Dixon on The Back Doctors
Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates his helping
a Vietnam veteran deal with his back pain for 20 years,
incorporating the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your San Jose chiropractic
appointment today. Calling all our San Jose back pain patients!
Bring us your back pain and your fear of back pain, bending and falling. We can
help you handle them as well as Santa fearlessly and efficiently delivers
all his packages in one night!