Have you experienced back pain before? Yes? It’s natural to fear its return, but do
not let it hijack your life! This time of year, just think of Santa. Think he’s had
back pain before delivering all those boxes and bags? Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic expects he has!
Santa cannot stop, and neither can you. Montreal
chiropractic care can help you deal with new back pain and chronic
back pain and lead our Montreal back pain
sufferers to be a bit less fearful and a bit more confident getting around this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Montreal chiropractor knows
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers looked
into this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also influences postural sway or balance by disrupting hip balance control, causing weight shifting from
side to side to keep balance. (1) What’s an undesirable
consequence of being unbalanced? A fall. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic
finds it very critical to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – stay balanced and upright!
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND REDUCE FEAR
“There’s an app for that!” Just what our
older Montreal chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can frustrate a few of its users,
especially some older users, it can help! The new
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is offered.
Researchers have verified that it is able to track
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 assist
healthcare providers like your chiropractor design a more beneficial
and individualized treatment plan to reduce fear of movement and
increase balance. This is quite hopeful, so much so that chiropractic
researchers are exerting more research effort
to measure the benefits of multimodal chiropractic care in its
ability to affect gait, balance and/or fall risk and
prevention. (3) One positive 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 better
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to keep
our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
One new nutrition finding this month
may also aid this effort. It comes from researchers evaluating
levels of biomarkers – C-reactive protein, vitamin D, neuropeptide Y and others
- in low back pain patients tested with blood tests with pain
and disability. Vitamin D which appears in many health
news reports today also seems to be a potential biomarker for
back pain relief and disability. A respected randomized control study
found a correlation between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients treated with
spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
CONTACT Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic
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 Montreal chiropractic
appointment now. Calling all our Montreal 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!