Spinal stability is the base for spine
movement. Spinal stability protects the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve
roots. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center assesses spinal stability in all our Paramus
back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends on strong, stable
musculature to do its job. New research is indicating that the
role of the diaphragm and breathing is to support spinal stability.
All the various parts of the spine contribute to spinal stability, even the slightest
spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Ligaments, bones,
and discs in the spine supply
all types of coupled motions of the spine and transfer
proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which aligns
muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are damaged
or otherwise at risk – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability
is feasible. (1) That is where your
Paramus chiropractor comes into play with
chiropractic spinal manipulation and a helpful treatment plan
BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Chiropractic care at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center addresses spinal stability
with some typical exercise recommendations
and explores the use of innovative exercise approaches
like breathing that appear promising. 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 sufferers. (3)
Paramus back pain patients will appreciate how something
they do every day – done with just a little more intention
- may help them with their back pain!
DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY
Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately connected,
and both offer some hope in tackling spinal
stability issues. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center found some new studies on
how diaphragm training manages spinal stability. In a study of the
rehabilitation of athletes with nonspecific low back pain, inserting
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 helpful
in tackling Paramus 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 Paramus
chiropractic appointment soon.
Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way towards keeping the spine stable, decreasing Paramus back
pain, and maintaining the foundation of spinal movement intact.