April 2022 Healthy News from The Novelli Wellness Center Words Describing Back Pain and Exercises to Strengthen the Multifidi Are Important

Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor listens to every word used to describe the back pain experience to develop the proper, relieving treatment plan.

 
DESCRIPTIONS OF PAIN ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR CHIROPRACTOR

“Why are you asking me all these questions, doc?”

Our Buffalo, NY 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 is why we ask you to explain your pain to us, sometimes several times and in several different ways! Words mean different things to different people: “discomfort” to one may signify “pain” to another while “stiffness” means “pain” or “discomfort” to a another. It is true! Researchers did a deep-dive into these different words and their meanings to patients. An example of this is the description of “feeling”: pain signified sharp/shooting, discomfort was dull/tingling, stiffness was tight/restricted. (1) It's important 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 rated 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 quite common of rationales patients seek chiropractic care! In this setting, because patients trusted their main physician, patients were satisfied with the collaboration amongst the various healthcare team members. Patients valued consistency in care from a single caregiving chiropractor. (2) The Novelli Wellness Center knows our patients appreciate - and can expect - these same things from us: consistency, care, collaboration, and results!

Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor listens to every word used to describe the back pain experience to develop the proper, relieving treatment plan. 

Buffalo, NY CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Strengthen Multifidus Muscles While Standing

Back pain. It’s a simple description that may stem from many factors including the muscles of the spine, those seen and unseen. The multifidus muscles are such unseen muscles, smaller, deep muscles that run alongside 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) Lately, researchers suggested that the multifidi may be a possible source of back pain since they are found to be stiffer in low back pain sufferers. Low back pain is associated with lumbodorsal musculature (which includes the multifidus muscle) fatigue. Standing back extension exercise fatigued the multifidus sufficiently 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 reported as equally beneficial in strengthening these multifidus muscles. (5) That’s great news! Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers can do simple, 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 The Novelli Wellness Center

Make your next Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today. Your words will be heard. Your multifidus muscles will be strengthened via proper exercise to lessen and potentially avert back pain. The Novelli Wellness Center will ask you questions, and you are encouraged to ask The Novelli Wellness Center questions, too!

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