Had back pain before? Yes? It’s common to fear its recurrence, but do
not let it slow you down! This holiday
season, consider Santa. Think he’s experienced
back pain before throwing all those packages
and parcels? Pflugerville Wellness Center expects he has!
Santa cannot quit, and neither can you. Pflugerville
chiropractic care can help you deal with new back pain and chronic
back pain and guide our Pflugerville back pain
sufferers to be a bit less fearful and a bit more confident getting around this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Pflugerville 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 affects postural sway or balance by interfering
with hip balance control, bringing about weight shifting from
side to side to maintain balance. (1) What is an unwanted
consequence of being off-balance? A fall. Pflugerville Wellness Center
finds it very critical to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – to keep
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND DECREASE FEAR
“There’s an app for that!” Just what our
older Pflugerville 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 novel
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is offered.
Researchers have verified that it is able to measure
age-related differences in balance not necessarily noted during clinical exam measurements like postural stability,
step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can help
healthcare providers like your chiropractor design a more effective
and individualized treatment plan to reduce fear of movement and
enhanced 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 affect gait, balance and/or fall risk and
prevention. (3) One encouraging 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 improved
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Pflugerville Wellness Center offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to keep
our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
A new nutrition finding 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 using blood tests with pain
and disability. Vitamin D which keeps appearing in many health
news reports today also seems to be a potential biomarker for
back pain relief and disability. A reliable randomized control study
found a link between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients cared for with
spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
CONTACT Pflugerville Wellness Center
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.
Schedule your Pflugerville chiropractic
appointment soon. Calling all our Pflugerville 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!