Had back pain before? Yes? It’s natural to fear its recurrence, but do
not let it hijack your life! This holiday
season, consider Santa. Think he’s had
back pain before lugging all those boxes and bags? Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. imagines so!
Santa can’t stop, and neither can you. Auburn
chiropractic care can help manage new back pain and chronic
back pain and guide our Auburn back pain
sufferers to be a bit less fearful and a bit more confident getting around this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Auburn chiropractor realizes
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers studied this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also influences postural sway or balance by interfering
with hip balance control, bringing about weight shifting from
side to side to maintain balance. (1) What’s an undesirable
consequence of being unbalanced? A fall. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
finds it very important to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – to keep
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND REDUCE FEAR
“There is an app for that!” Just what our
older Auburn chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can annoy some of its users,
particularly some older users, it can help! The new
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is accessible.
Researchers have documented that it is able to measure
age-related differences in balance not necessarily picked
up during 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 reduce fear of movement and
increase balance. This is quite hopeful, so much so that chiropractic
researchers are exerting more research effort
to quantify the benefits of multimodal chiropractic care in its
ability to affect 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) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to keep
our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
A new nutrition discovery this month
may also help this effort. It comes from researchers evaluating
levels of biomarkers – C-reactive protein, vitamin D, neuropeptide Y and others
- in low back pain patients tested using 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 reliable randomized control study
found a relationship between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients cared for with
spinal manipulation. (5) One day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
CONTACT Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
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 manage his back pain for 20 years,
incorporating the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your Auburn chiropractic
appointment soon. Calling all our Auburn 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!