CHIROPRACTIC COX® TECHNIC CREATES VERTEBRAL MOTION & INCREASED SPINAL CANAL SPACE
Degenerated disc. Spinal stenosis. Back Pain. What do they have in common…besides pain? Decreased spinal canal area. With disc degeneration, the disc reduces, resulting in reduced spinal canal area. With spinal stenosis, a(n) disc bulge, protruding disc, osteophyte, discal cyst, synovial cyst, spinal cyst affects the spinal canal area. A new paper detailed how chiropractic flexion distraction treatment, specifically Cox® Technic spinal manipulation and mobilization, enlarged the spinal canal area and produced vertebral motions. The new study just published in January 2023 stated that chiropractic flexion distraction enlarged spinal area, height, and width due to increased nerve foraminal area. (1)
Such spinal changes set the scene for affected spinal elements like spinal nerves to ‘breathe’ leading to subsequent (though sometimes faster or even immediate for some patients) back pain relief. Outcomes and supporting research like this are the forces behind our using gentle, safe chiropractic treatment options like Cox® Technic that has research explaining its biomechanical effects on the spine. Moriarty Chiropractic invites you to share your degenerated disc and/or spinal stenosis with us!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Ram Gudavalli, the guiding researcher in Cox® Technic studies, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the research behind The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Exercise to Open Lumbar Spinal Canal Area
Back pain sufferers are often advised to perform exercise that strengthen spinal, gluteal, and core muscles as a way to enhance their in-office chiropractic care. Classic lumbar flexion (Williams) exercises have been the norm since the 1930s as they limit lumbar extension while improving lumbar flexion, supported by high levels of research evidence. A typical exercise sequence would have a patient lie on the floor, keeping hands along the side of the body and bending the knees with feet flat on the floor, then simply tighten ab and gluteal muscles while pushing the spine flat against the floor. The following exercise would be a knee-chest motion (pulling one knee to chest then the other knee then both knees to chest) exercise. (2) There are more such exercises in the series, but we’d be excited for our new Nashua back pain patients to begin with these easy moves on day 1 (after we go through a complete examinations and establish a treatment plan, of course). Moriarty Chiropractic looks forward to meeting you soon and learning more about your spine, degenerated disc, and/or spinal stenosis and sharing any exercises that may help!
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Have a wonderful February! We look forward to seeing you and your spine this month!