April 2022 Healthy News from Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Words Describing Back Pain and Exercises to Strengthen the Multifidi Are Important DESCRIPTIONS OF PAIN ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR CHIROPRACTOR “Why do you ask me so many questions, doctor?” Our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients are central to our practice. We want to understand each you and your pain experience well, treat you well, and be sure you are satisfied with your care and outcome. That’s why we have you to explain your pain to us, sometimes several times and in a variety of different ways! Words mean different things to different people: “discomfort” to one may signify “pain” to another while “stiffness” is “pain” or “discomfort” to a another. It’s true! Researchers studied just what these different words mean to patients. An example with regards to the description of “feeling”: pain was sharp/shooting, discomfort signified dull/tingling, stiffness was tight/restricted. (1) It is beneficial for us to know our patient’s experience with pain to better meet expectations and boost satisfaction with care. Patients who went to an integrated hospital for care of their musculoskeletal pain and depressive symptoms assessed their pain as 5/10 (10 being greatest pain) as well as indicated multiple pain locations (9 of 17 participants), low back pain (13 of 17), and neck pain (8 of 17). Those are very typical of rationales patients pursue chiropractic care! In this setting, because patients trusted their main physician, patients were satisfied with the collaboration among the various healthcare team members. Patients valued consistency in care from one caregiving chiropractor. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows our patients value - and can expect - these same things from us: consistency, care, collaboration, and results! Fort Wayne CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Standing Exercise for Multifidus Muscle Strengthening Works Back pain. It is a simple description that may stem from a multitude of factors including the muscles of the spine, those seen and unseen. The multifidus muscles are such unseen muscles, deep, smaller muscles that run beside the spine from the cervical spine to the sacrum. These muscles assist movements like lateral (side) flexion and rotation of the spine when contracted. (3) Recently, researchers suggested that the multifidi may be a potential source of back pain since they are described as being stiffer in low back pain sufferers. Low back pain is associated with lumbodorsal musculature (which incorporates the multifidus muscle) fatigue. Standing back extension exercise fatigued the multifidus well enough which may avert low back pain initiated by muscle fatigue. (4) “Superman” (on-the-floor) exercises are well known. Standing back extension and “superman” exercises are newly documented to be equally beneficial in strengthening these multifidus muscles. (5) That is great news! Fort Wayne back pain sufferers can do easy, standing exercises like this anywhere! The multifidi benefit! Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paula Hugulet on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she explains the value of increasing muscle strength and function as part of back pain care following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Your words will be heard. Your multifidus muscles will be strengthened via proper exercise to lessen and potentially avert back pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc will ask you questions, and you are encouraged to ask Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc questions, also! "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."