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Mandeville Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It’s good. It’s bad. So what’s with extension for the spine? Both are true: It is good. It is bad. It’s the job of your Mandeville chiropractor to help you figure out the role of extension for your Mandeville back pain relief plan and Mandeville back pain control plan in the future. Your Mandeville chiropractor at Mandeville 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 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 presses on the spinal nerves causing pain. Flexion often permits the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. Mandeville Chiropractic intends 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 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 takes place, and C4-C5 is where most of the extension takes place. Mandeville chiropractic patients need healthy extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Mandeville Chiropractic respects extension and understands how it may benefit and hurt. 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 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 decreased disc protrusion and maximizes the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension increased the disc protrusion and constricted the vertebral canal producing 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) Mandeville Chiropractic knows the key to getting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to apply extension.

Mandeville CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Mandeville chiropractic treatment integrates extension into the Mandeville chiropractic treatment plan for its benefits. Cox® Technic applied to 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 highest amount the transducer could measure). (4) Dropping intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Mandeville Chiropractic does for its Mandeville 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 helped 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 Mandeville chiropractic appointment with Mandeville Chiropractic today. Let’s discover the role extension might play in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

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