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Auburn Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It is good. It is bad. So what is up with spinal extension? Both are accurate: It’s beneficial. It’s harmful. It’s the job of your Auburn chiropractor to help you determine the role of extension for your Auburn back pain relief plan and Auburn back pain control plan in the future. Your Auburn chiropractor at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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 presses on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Flexion often permits the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often allows the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. intends to help reduce painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back happens at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% is 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) happens most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion occurs, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension occurs. Auburn chiropractic patients need beneficial extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. respects extension and gets how it may help and hurt. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs degenerate. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is essential for this when the spine is healthy enough to do extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion decreased disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension made the disc herniation larger and narrowed the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion widened the vertebral canal and reduced pain while extension worsened the stenosis and produced pain. (3) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. knows the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to use extension.

Auburn CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Auburn chiropractic treatment incorporates extension into the Auburn chiropractic treatment plan for its benefits. Cox® Technic applied to the cervical spine reduced intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in the lumbar spine. (5) Extension increased pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the most the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. aims to do for its Auburn 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 persists after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which gives her relief as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Auburn chiropractic appointment with Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. today. Let’s figure out the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control strategy.

 Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. understands the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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