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Increase the Stability of the Spine to Reduce Lower Back Pain

Jan 20, 2023 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

In a chiropractor’s ideal world, people would do everything possible to reduce their risk for a condition like low back pain, and in the event a low back injury occurs, most times they’d seek care tailored to their unique situation and soon be back to carrying out their everyday activities. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen.  Patient's with low back pain may receive no care or inadequate treatment early on, and their condition may progress to becoming chronic low back pain before they make an appointment with a local chiropractic clinic.

A hallmark of chronic low back pain that can complicate recovery is clinical instability or dysfunction in one of the three subsystems that work together to maintain the stability of the spine: the spinal column, the spinal muscles, and the neural control unit. This can lead to excessive movement of one or more spinal segments, overworking and stressing the surrounding muscles, joints, and other soft tissues, causing inflammation and nociceptive (localized) pain.

The key for muscle stabilization in the lumbar spine, which accounts for 60% of the spine’s stiffness, is the multifidus muscle. Unlike superficial muscles that contract to achieve movement, deep muscles like the multifidus work to help maintain posture. When the lower back is injured, the superficial muscles take on a protective role, which can interfere with the role of the deep muscles. Within days, the multifidus muscle can weaken, and to maintain stability, the body will recruit the superficial muscles and/or adopt new movement patterns, both of which can increase mechanical stress in the low back and elsewhere and prolong or worsen the patients’ condition. This is why they no longer recommend prolonged bed rest for low back pain treatment but rather maintaining usual activities as much as possible.

When a patient seeks chiropractic care for chronic low back pain, not only will treatment focus on restoring normal motion to the spine using spinal manipulation. It also focuses on core strengthening exercises that can be performed at home. Strengthening the core muscles (including the multifidus) can help increase the stability of the spine. This strategy will not only speed up recovery but help reduce the risk for a future low back episode.

So, if you are experiencing back pain, lower back pain, or pain in the coccyx and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my back and who in my area can refer me?”

Also, if you feel leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your back.  Some people will try stretching the lower back first to see if they get relief from their back pain.  Pain very low in the lower back may be originating from the coccyx or tailbone.  A pulled muscle in the back generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional around you.

Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for back pain here: 


Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off for a walk in visit and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

So if you find yourself experiencing lower back pain while running or doing physical activities or if you are suffering from back pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

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If you would like to avoid getting back pain in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness nearby, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

Don't let back pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need. 


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