Fort Wayne Spine Stability Helped by Breathing and Diaphragm Training06/16/2021Spinal stability is the basis for spine movement. Spinal stability safeguards the nervous system structures, the spinal cord, and spinal nerve roots. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc evaluates spinal stability in all our Fort Wayne back pain patients as part of our chiropractic service. Spinal stability depends on strong, stable musculature to do its job. New research is pointing to the role of the diaphragm and breathing in supporting spinal stability. SPINAL STABILITY All the assorted parts of the spine play a part in spinal stability, even the smallest spinal motion segment’s vertebra (the bony part of the spine). Bones, discs, and ligaments in the spine contribute to all sorts of coupled motions of the spine and transfer proprioceptive impulses to the central nervous system which manages muscle tone, movement, and reflexes. If any of the spinal structures are hurt or otherwise in peril – like a degenerated disc – spinal instability is possible. (1) That is where your Fort Wayne chiropractor comes into play with chiropractic spinal manipulation and a helpful treatment plan including exercise. BREATHING TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY Chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc addresses spinal stability with some common exercise recommendations and looks at the use of innovative exercise methods like breathing that are showing some promise. Maximal abdominal contraction maneuver compared with maximal expiration exercise proved itself better at increasing spinal stability. As a breathing exercise to increase spinal joint stability, it had a beneficial effect on increasing co-contraction and spine stability as demonstrated by significantly greater muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and rectus abdominis. (2) Forced breathing exercise therapy enhanced trunk stability and activities of daily living in chronic low back pain patients. (3) Fort Wayne back pain patients will value how something they do every day – performed with just a bit more thought - may help them with their back pain! DIAPHRAGM TRAINING IN SPINAL STABILITY Certainly, breathing and the diaphragm are intimately intertwined, and both offer some hope in addressing spinal stability issues. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc found some new studies on how diaphragm training manages spinal stability. In a study of the rehabilitation of athletes with nonspecific low back pain, inserting diaphragm training (breathing) to electrical stimulation therapy was helped improve function, stability, pain, and balance. (4) Diaphragm training significantly decreased the severity of pain and also influenced the thickness of active stabilizers - transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus muscle - in the lumbar spine. (5) Strong, thick spinal stabilizers are good in managing Fort Wayne back pain. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN, ICHC, FNLP, LE, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as they share their combined treatment approach of breathing training and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped a patient realize back pain relief. Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Breathing and diaphragm training go a long way towards keeping the spine stable, reducing Fort Wayne back pain, and keeping the foundation of spinal movement well conditioned. « View All Featured Exercises"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."