Healthy News June 2021 Back pain patients come to Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc with all different types issues. Some walk better than others. Some have better muscles than others. Some are more susceptible to depression than others. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor knows this and meets each back pain patient where s/he is and assesses each patient to find the difference(s) that make all the difference when designing a relieving chiropractic treatment plan. Tests like the 6-minute walk test that evaluates the distance walked in 6 minutes and the TUG (‘time up to go’ from a seated position) test can be quite informative of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health in degenerative lumbar spine patients. Both may be triggered by back pain. (1) Back muscles that weaken and turn fatty (like the multifidus muscle tends to do) indicate issues with inflammatory and regeneration processes. (Back surgeons don’t like this as a poorer surgical outcome is likely.) (2) Chiropractors know this and encourage gentle exercise for these back muscles as a component of the treatment plan to prevent recurrent back pain that a few low back disc degeneration patients endure. A new study explained that those who tend to experience recurrent back pain were found to move in a different way, more causiously, likely to avoid pain. Recurrent back pain patients also experienced higher levels of anxiety, depression, and disability as well as a lower quality of life. (3) Your Fort Wayne chiropractor welcomes all back pain sufferers with all their issues. Your chiropractor teams up with with each one during the current back pain event and beyond to control the back pain (physical, mental, and emotional aspects), so it does not control them. Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson on how she helps a chronic back pain patient dealing with a recurrent episode of back pain with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to find relief and a sense of control over back pain to lessen recurrent back pain episodes as much as possible. Fort Wayne CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: SNIFFING SCENTS TO LESSEN PAIN! An interesting study of chronic low back pain patients found that odor-training helped decrease their pain thresholds. Regular exposure (every two hours in the research project) to scents like rose, vanilla, peach and chocolate – olfactory training! - helped lessen pain. The researchers hinted that it may help ease pain chronification and quite possibly control general pain via desensitization. (4) What an enjoyable adjunct this could be to the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management! You may want to try smelling some good scents yourself! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Thank you for choosing Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for your spine issues. We look forward to seeing you at your up-coming visit! Schedule it now! "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."