June 12, 2012

Researchers report that patients, notably the elderly, with chronic lower back pain are scared of motion, that they actually walk carefully for fear of injury and falling! (1,2) Now, Dr. Butwell doesn't want our patients to be slowed down by fear or lower back pain! Let us help. Dr. Butwell's chiropractic care integrated with some easy balance-building exercises help make our patients feel more steady and certain!

Slowed walking speed in older adults with chronic lower back pain often produces less independence and capacity. (1) We comprehend how vital independence is to Georgetown older folks. They want to be on their own!

patient holds wall for stability exerciseSo, have your family member or yourself try an easy proprioception and balance exercise physical therapy routine after we talk at our next chiropractic visit, of course! The simplest one is to just stand and hold onto the wall or a counter, get your bearings, then lift one foot. Hold it as long as possible. 30 seconds would be great! Don't be hasty. Move at your own pace. Keep your eyes open. Don't do anything that makes you uncomfortable. This is not a race. It's your life, your gait, your independence.

happy older lower back pain patient with no fearFear slows or stops the best of us every now and then. Fear of injury or fear of pain is a big motivator to withdraw from what could hurt us. But controlling your lower back pain in Georgetown with our gentle chiropractic care and building your sense of balance will get you out moving again. We look forward to your advancement toward being more balanced and walking more confidently. Contact Dr. Butwell today.