Buffalo, NY Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It is beneficial. It’s harmful. So what’s with spinal extension? Both are accurate: It is good. It’s bad. It is the job of your Buffalo, NY chiropractor to help you determine the role of extension for your Buffalo, NY back pain relief plan and Buffalo, NY back pain control plan in the future. Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor at The Novelli Wellness Center is well trained in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and mobility.

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 allows the disc bulge to move off of the nerve. Extension often allows the disc bulge to compress the nerves more. The Novelli Wellness Center sets out to help reduce 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% happens at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine occurs 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. Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients need beneficial extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

The Novelli Wellness Center respects extension and gets how it may benefit and harm. 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 perform extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion decreased disc protrusion and enlarges the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension made the disc herniation larger and constricted the vertebral canal causing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion opened the vertebral canal and relieved pain while extension worsened the stenosis and produced pain. (3) The Novelli Wellness Center understands the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in recognizing when to apply extension.

Buffalo, NY CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Buffalo, NY chiropractic treatment incorporates extension into the Buffalo, NY 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 increased pressures in the lumbar spine to 1250 mmHg (the highest amount the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what The Novelli Wellness Center aims to do for its Buffalo, NY back pain patients.

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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 Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment with The Novelli Wellness Center today. Let’s explore the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control strategy.

 The Novelli Wellness Center understands the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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