Extension of the spine: It’s good. It
So what is up with spinal extension?
Both are true: It is valuable. It’s harmful. It’s the job of your Fernandina Beach chiropractor to help you decide the role of extension in your Fernandina Beach
back pain relief plan and Fernandina Beach back pain control plan in the future.
Your Fernandina Beach chiropractor at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is well trained
in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal
health and mobility.
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
allows the disc bulge to get away from the
nerve. Extension often allows the disc bulge to press on
the nerves more. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic sets out to help decrease
painful situations like this!
75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back is
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) 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. Fernandina Beach chiropractic
patients need beneficial extension!
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic respects extension and gets
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 do extension. Extension to a painful spine may be
harmful. 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 constricted the vertebral canal producing
stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion widened
the vertebral canal and reduced pain while extension worsened
the stenosis and caused pain. (3) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic knows
the key to getting the benefits of extension is in recognizing
when to use extension.
Fernandina Beach CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION
Fernandina Beach chiropractic treatment incorporates
extension into the Fernandina Beach chiropractic treatment plan for its advantages.
Cox® Technic applied to 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) Dropping intradiscal pressures and back pain is what
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic aims to do for its Fernandina Beach back pain
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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 Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment
with Amelia Chiropractic Clinic today. Let’s explore
the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future
back pain control strategy.