Georgetown Stability is Critical for Back Painand for Coping Today

March 17, 2020

Just a quick comment on the current COVID-19. The CDC guidelines about best strategies to cope are good. Take care of yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Dr. Butwell endorses the same…and also suggests that you see your Georgetown chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!

Dr. Butwell shares CDC advice on how to cope with coronavirus stress. 


Now, let us look at exercise to not only stabilize YOU and your fellow Georgetown chiropractic patients during times like these may provoking, but exercise to stabilize your spine during and after Georgetown back pain episodes.


Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability refers to how balance is controlled. Inhibited balance control is connected with reduced stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of stability is often noticed in or reported by musculoskeletal pain patients who have back pain and neck pain. For this reason, Dr. Butwell watches each chiropractic patient meticulously throughout their whole visit from the time you walk in the front door, down the hall to your treatment room, and out the door again. Observation is a helpful tool in the management of back pain and related leg pain, Georgetown neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers examined this topic of balance and its disruption, too. Recent studies reported on patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Dr. Butwell likes these tests. Some of our Georgetown chiropractic patients will be curious about what we’re looking for when we have them sit in a chair and stand up from the chair and note how long it takes them to do it! We chiropractors are a curious group! Trials like these tell your Georgetown chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition. Another analysis of such studies found that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at Dr. Butwell improved short-term stability measures. (1) Rest assured additional studies like these are in progress, and one specifically examining how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction influences these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back pain patients is in its first trial.


Many trials have already shown that numerous chronic musculoskeletal pain patients suffer falls and have balance issues. That is a foremost issue for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they manytimes also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and worse balance and muscle strength. (1) Dr. Butwell urges our patients to exercise for balance and stability.


The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a well-known and most important stabilizer for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers measured their multifidus muscles during the soccer season. At rest while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness diminished. Those players with low back pain showed significant change at rest. (2) Australian football players with low back pain were to have the same issue while standing as well as lying down. (3) Both studies noted that body composition and body fat and mass were associated with the lumbar multifidus muscle size. Dr. Butwell has some exercise recommendations for our Georgetown back pain patients to boost their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and stability. Dr. Butwell is ready to share them with you at your Georgetown chiropractic appointment!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Marc Baker on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. The value of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for back pain and neck pain patients’ recovery is showcased.

Schedule your next Georgetown chiropractic appointment at Dr. Butwell today. Let Dr. Butwell be part of your plan to maintain and improve your stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and in this unusual time of coronavirus.