Plymouth Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It’s good. It’s bad. So what is up with spinal extension? Both are accurate: It’s good. It is bad. It is the job of your Plymouth chiropractor to help you figure out the role of extension in your Plymouth back pain relief plan and Plymouth back pain control plan getting past the existing episode of back pain. Your Plymouth chiropractor at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is well versed in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and mobility.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most prominent curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve inwardly. Flexion flattens these curves. Extension magnifies them. When a disc herniates or bulges, it does so into the concavity of the curve and potentially pushes on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Flexion often allows the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often allows the disc bulge to press on the nerves more. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology sets out to help decrease painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back is at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% occurs at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine occurs at these two lower disc levels. Here, degenerative disc disease (minor and more advanced) happens most. In the cervical spine, C5-C6 is the spinal level where most of the flexion occurs, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension occurs. Plymouth chiropractic patients need beneficial extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology respects extension and gets how it may benefit and harm. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just like discs do. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is essential for this when the spine is healthy enough to perform extension. Extension to a painful spine may hurt. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion decreased disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension increased the disc protrusion and narrowed the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion opened the vertebral canal and relieved pain while extension exacerbated the stenosis and produced pain. (3) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology knows the key to getting the benefits of extension is in knowing when to apply extension.

Plymouth CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Plymouth chiropractic treatment incorporates extension into the Plymouth chiropractic treatment plan for its advantages. Cox® Technic used with the cervical spine dropped intradiscal pressures to as low as 502 mmHg (4) and to as low as -192 mmHg in the lumbar spine. (5) Extension increased pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the highest amount the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology does for its Plymouth back pain patients.

CONTACT Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Atiyeh on the Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He shares how he cared for a patient whose back pain continues after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Plymouth chiropractic appointment with Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology today. Let’s explore the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

 Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology knows the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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