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Degenerated Discs & Neck Muscles Do Well with Exercise & Manipulation

Disc degeneration and muscle degeneration often coincide. Muscles deteriorate just like discs do. And Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville offers a one-two relieving punch for them both: spinal manipulation and exercise.  Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville observes the trend: St. Francisville neck pain and back pain patients prosper more when their St. Francisville chiropractic care utilizes different approaches to pain relief like spinal manipulation, exercise, nutrition, etc. New and old research supports this observation.

While it’s not a new finding that muscle degeneration is as common as disc degeneration or that they often exist together, it’s clearly important for all of us – doctors and patients alike – to understand. As far back as 1992, Parkkola reported this phenomenon as it relates to low back pain. As a matter of fact, he pointed out that muscle degeneration can be seen on MRI. Now, your St. Francisville chiropractor can also see it clinically without an MRI: fatty deposits around the spine and muscle atrophy give it away. (1) For this reason, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville often encourages St. Francisville back pain and neck pain patients to exercise and strengthen their spinal muscles with some basic exercises that aren’t hard but are effective. Via exercise combined with the spinal manipulation Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville offers, pain relief may be within reach.

So first, exercise. Exercise for neck pain patients is important. This is particularly true for post-whiplash patients. New research shows that neck exercises significantly improved patients’ neck disability index scores as well as their self-efficacy scale and their health related quality of life scores.  (2) So, our St. Francisville chiropractic patients, it’s important to do exercises that are a suggested part of your St. Francisville chiropractic care program.

Now, the other part of the St. Francisville chiropractic care program is spinal manipulation. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville offers spinal manipulation as a core part of the treatment plan. A recent study of senior patients with chronic neck pain ties spinal manipulative therapy with home exercise to greater pain reduction. Now, the home exercise is self-directed which makes it simple. A comparison group had supervised home exercise, but that didn’t show any better outcomes than the self-directed home exercise with spinal manipulation!  (3) St. Francisville chiropractic patients find our Cox Technic spinal manipulation to be relieving, gentle, safe and segment specific.

So contact Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville today for your spinal pain which likely include muscle degeneration as well as disc degeneration. The St. Francisville chiropractic spinal manipulation plus exercise just may be the relieving combination you’re looking for!

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