Spinal stability is the basis for spine movement. Spinal stability safeguards the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Moriarty Chiropractic evaluates spinal stability in all our Nashua back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability relies on strong, stable musculature to do its job. New research is pointing to the role of the diaphragm and breathing in supporting spinal stability.
All the numerous parts of the spine play a role in spinal stability, even the smallest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Ligaments, bones, and discs in the spine contribute to all sorts 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 hurt or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is feasible. (1) That is where your Nashua chiropractor comes onto the scene with chiropractic spinal manipulation and a helpful treatment plan incorporating exercise.
BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Chiropractic care at Moriarty Chiropractic addresses spinal stability with some usual exercise recommendations and explores the use of newer 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 larger 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 patients. (3) Nashua back pain patients will value how something they do every day – done with just a little more intention - may ease their back pain!
DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately intertwined, and both offer some hope in tackling spinal stability issues. Moriarty Chiropractic came across 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 beneficial in improving function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm training significantly reduced the severity of pain and also influenced the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are helpful in managing Nashua back pain.
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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 share their combined treatment approach of breathing training and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped a patient realize back pain relief.
Set up your Nashua chiropractic appointment today. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way in helping keep the spine stable, reducing Nashua back pain, and maintaining the foundation of spinal movement well conditioned.