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St. Francisville Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It is beneficial. It’s harmful. So what’s with extension for the spine? Both are accurate: It is good. It is bad. It’s the job of your St. Francisville chiropractor to help you determine the role of extension for your St. Francisville back pain relief plan and St. Francisville back pain control plan in the future. Your St. Francisville chiropractor at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is well trained 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 noticeable curves – the cervical and lumbar curves – are lordotic curves meaning they curve concavely. 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 usually permits the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville wants to help decrease painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back occurs 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) occurs 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. St. Francisville chiropractic patients need healthy extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville respects extension and understands how it may benefit and harm. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs do. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is necessary for this when the spine is healthy enough to perform extension. Extension to a painful spine may hurt. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion reduced disc protrusion and maximizes the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension made the disc herniation larger and narrowed the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion widened the vertebral canal and relieved pain while extension worsened the stenosis and triggered pain. (3) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville knows the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to apply extension.

St. Francisville CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

St. Francisville chiropractic treatment incorporates extension into the St. Francisville chiropractic treatment plan for its advantages. Cox® Technic used with the cervical spine reduced 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 most the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville does for its St. Francisville back pain patients.

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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 gives her relief as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your St. Francisville chiropractic appointment with Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville today. Let us explore the role extension might play in your back pain recovery and future back pain control strategy.

 Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville knows the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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