West Palm Beach Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It is good. It’s bad. So what is up with extension for the spine? Both are accurate: It’s beneficial. It is harmful. It’s the job of your West Palm Beach chiropractor to help you establish the role of extension in your West Palm Beach back pain relief plan and West Palm Beach back pain control plan in the future. Your West Palm Beach chiropractor at Moses Chiropractic is well experienced in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and motion.

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 usually allows the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often allows the disc bulge to press on the nerves more. Moses Chiropractic wants to help lessen 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% is at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine happens 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 takes place, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension occurs. West Palm Beach chiropractic patients need beneficial extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Moses Chiropractic respects extension and gets how it may help and hurt. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs degenerate. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is necessary for this when the spine is healthy enough to do extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion reduced disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension increased the disc protrusion and narrowed the vertebral canal producing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion opened the vertebral canal and reduced pain while extension exacerbated the stenosis and triggered pain. (3) Moses Chiropractic understands the key to getting the benefits of extension is in knowing when to apply extension.

West Palm Beach CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment integrates extension into the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment plan for its benefits. 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 most the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Moses Chiropractic does for its West Palm Beach 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 relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment with Moses Chiropractic today. Let us discover the role extension might play in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

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