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Tarrytown Chiropractic Care Respects Spinal Extension

Extension of the spine: It’s good. It is bad. So what is up with extension for the spine? Both are true: It’s valuable. It is harmful. It is the job of your Tarrytown chiropractor to help you determine the role of extension for your Tarrytown back pain relief plan and Tarrytown back pain control plan in the future. Your Tarrytown chiropractor at Tarrytown Chiropractic is well versed in the effects – good and bad – of spinal extension and respects its role in spinal health and motion.

SPINAL CURVES

Two of the spine’s most prominent 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 presses on the spinal nerves causing pain. Flexion usually allows the disc bulge to get away from the nerve. Extension often permits the disc bulge to press on the nerves more. Tarrytown Chiropractic intends to help lessen painful situations like this!

SPINAL MOTION

75% of the flexion and extension movement in the low back happens at the L5-S1 level of the lumbar spine. 20% occurs at the L4-L5 level. Therefore, 95% of flexion and extension of the lumbar spine happens 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 occurs. Tarrytown chiropractic patients need beneficial extension!

SPINAL EXTENSION

Tarrytown Chiropractic respects extension and gets how it may help and hurt. The extensor muscles in the back weaken and degenerate just as discs do. (1) Extension helps strengthen these muscles to support the spine. Extension is necessary for this when the spine is healthy enough to do extension. Extension to a painful spine may be harmful. Why? In the cervical spine, flexion decreased disc protrusion and maximizes the sagittal diameter of the vertebral canal while extension made the disc herniation larger and constricted the vertebral canal producing stenosis. (2) In a degenerative lumbar spine with spinal stenosis, flexion widened the vertebral canal and relieved pain while extension exacerbated the stenosis and caused pain. (3) Tarrytown Chiropractic knows the key to eliciting the benefits of extension is in knowing when to use extension.

Tarrytown CHIROPRACTIC USE OF EXTENSION

Tarrytown chiropractic treatment integrates extension into the Tarrytown chiropractic treatment plan for its benefits. Cox® Technic used with 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 most the transducer could measure). (4) Reducing intradiscal pressures and back pain is what Tarrytown Chiropractic aims to do for its Tarrytown 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 continues after multiple back surgeries with flexion distraction which relieves her pain as the table is flexed not extended.

Schedule your Tarrytown chiropractic appointment with Tarrytown Chiropractic today. Let’s figure out the role extension might have in your back pain recovery and future back pain control plan.

 Tarrytown Chiropractic knows the role of extension in spinal motion, its necessity, its benefits and potential harmful effects.  
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