Kinesiophobia is the fear of movement. It is a common issue for patients that suffer from chronic low back pain (cLBP). If you are not moving enough, this can end up causing muscle weakness and atrophy. Then, a domino effect begins because these things can cause even less activity which can result in greater issues that affect your living habits. Audubon Park Chiropractor wants you to know that the risk for flair ups of low back pain increase when the muscles become weaker and atrophied.
A study done actually showed that when comparing muscles in the front of the lumbar spine to the extensors, in cLBP patients, larger amounts of atrophy and weakness occur in the extensors. The lumbar multifidus (MF) muscles maintain stability of the lumbar spine, and the erector spinae (ES) are “global stabilizers.” This means that they produce gross movements and they counterbalance when lifting.
When our Audubon Park Chiropractor treats patients with cLBP, we usually have patients do rehabilitation and exercises that can help improve motor control. These exercises also promote muscle strengthening, stretching, and aerobic capacity. Walking backwards is something that can potentially help. Walking backwards has been shown to have better results with cardiovascular fitness and MF muscle activation.
Walking backwards also works the lower limb muscles and at the same time reduces stress on the kneecap. Audubon Park Chiropractor wants you to know that this is important because knee pain usually comes along with low back pain. Walking backward stretches the hamstrings, which can also be good for patients.
So in conclusion, Audubon Park Chiropractor wants you to know that walking backwards is important to heal low back pain. We also recommend that you incorporate this into your daily life routine to eliminate any chance of acquiring low back pain.
If you are suffering from pain, do not hesitate in contacting us today. We are walk in friendly and would love to help you out of pain. Call today (509) 327-4049 or simply walk in and we will help you.