The Benefits of a Neutral Spine
By Debra Rodzinak
For those suffering with back pain, relief is often hard to find. There may be that one position that a person can find that is the least painful; the position the spine takes when relief is found is called a “neutral” spine position. Lumbar stabilization exercises focus on strengthening the muscles around the spine when in the “neutral” position to decrease or eliminate pain.
Some benefits of a neutral spine include:
- The tension on the ligaments and joints of the spine is decreased
- Allows a more balanced force on the vertebrae and discs of the spine
- Allows the patient to keep a posture that is centered instead of being tilted too far forward or backward
- Gives the greatest stability with function
- Trains the muscles to maintain a neutral spinal position
One way to diminish or eliminate back pain is with exercise. Items like an exercise ball can be effective in strengthening and developing the important core muscles that help stabilize the spine. By trying to maintain balance on the ball, the core muscles automatically work to stabilize the body. Over time, these muscles get stronger and support the spine.
Other exercises like the McKenzie Method utilize a mathematical algorithm that place the spinal problem in a certain class in order to find the particular type of exercise that would be most beneficial. The cause and effect of a patient’s back pain and the positions they take when moving, sitting, or standing are used to develop an exercise routine that will strengthen the particular muscles needed to provide pain relief.
In order to receive the most benefit from any exercise regime related to a neutral spinal position, a patient must first ensure that the spine is properly aligned. The exercises will be for naught if the spine is not in the best possible position.
The expert doctors at The Joint work with all patients to formulate a personal plan that allows the patient to be in control of their treatment. By reinventing the chiropractic customer experience, care is on your terms. By providing patients with an affordable and convenient means to a healthier spine, patients often report improved mobility and reduced pain.
With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, the professional team at The Joint encourages you to take advantage of their convenient weekday and weekend hours. Come by The Joint today to begin your journey to an overall healthier spine without the use of drugs or surgery.