Pflugerville Spine Stability Helped by Breathing and Diaphragm Training

Spinal stability is the base for spine movement. Spinal stability protects the structures of the nervous system, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Pflugerville Wellness Center assesses spinal stability in all our Pflugerville back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends on strong, stable musculature to perform its job. New research is indicating that the role of the diaphragm and breathing is to support spinal stability.

SPINAL STABILITY

All the various parts of the spine figure into spinal stability, even the smallest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Bones, discs, and ligaments 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 injured or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is possible. (1) That is where your Pflugerville chiropractor comes into play with chiropractic spinal manipulation and an effective treatment plan including exercise.

BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Chiropractic care at Pflugerville Wellness Center addresses spinal stability with some typical 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 beneficial 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) Pflugerville back pain patients will value how something they do every day – performed with just a bit more thought - may help them with their back pain!

DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY

Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately coupled, and both offer some hope in fixing spinal stability issues. Pflugerville Wellness Center found some new studies on how diaphragm training manages 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 decreased the severity of pain and also affected the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are good in combatting Pflugerville 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 describe their combined treatment approach of breathing training and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped a patient find back pain relief.

Set up your Pflugerville chiropractic appointment soon. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way in keeping the spine stable, easing Pflugerville back pain, and maintaining the foundation of spinal movement well conditioned.

 
Pflugerville Wellness Center describes spine stability and how new research shows that breathing and diaphragm training help with back pain. 
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