Pensacola Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It is good. It’s bad. So what is up with spinal extension? Both are accurate: It is beneficial. It’s harmful. It’s the job of your Pensacola chiropractor to help you determine the role of extension for your Pensacola back pain relief plan and Pensacola back pain control plan in the future. Your Pensacola chiropractor at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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 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 causing pain. Flexion often permits the disc bulge to get away from the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center sets out to help lessen painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

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) 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 takes place. Pensacola chiropractic patients need healthy extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center respects extension and understands how it may help and hurt. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just like 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 hurt. 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 widened the vertebral canal and relieved pain while extension exacerbated the stenosis and triggered pain. (3) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center knows the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to use extension.

Pensacola CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Pensacola chiropractic treatment integrates extension into the Pensacola 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 escalated pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the highest amount the transducer could measure). (4) Dropping intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center does for its Pensacola back pain patients.

CONTACT Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center

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 persists after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which gives her relief as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Pensacola chiropractic appointment with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center today. Let us discover the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

 Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center knows the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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