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La Grande Back Pain and Associated Spinal Instability Helped by Exercise to Improve Balance and More

Back pain turns into the main focus when it occurs. The term ‘back pain’ is very generic though as back pain arises from the combined contributions of muscles, nerves, bones, etc. Low back muscles may be frail and/or unstable making them less useful in supporting the spine. Exercise continued to show its benefit in managing spinal instability associated with La Grande back pain. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC encourages exercise as something a back pain sufferer can do to help him/herself.


Instability impacts balance. Back pain sufferers’ troubled balance may result from poorly coordinated neuromuscular control and altered spine stability. A new study contrasted 3 groups:  subacute non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) sufferers with lumbar instability, those who don’t have instability, and healthy subjects. Those with lumbar spine instability showed greater issues with balance control, proprioception, fear of movement, more pain, and functional ability than those without such instability. (1) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC checks for instability in our La Grande back pain patients and designs a Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management  treatment plan that includes pain relieving spinal manipulation, nutrition, and exercise.


Exercise is a common intervention for low back pain patients whatever the treatment plan. For subacute NSLBP sufferers, exercise is beneficial. Not long ago, two versions of exercise were compared: core stabilization and strengthening exercise. Four weeks of training for 30 minutes a session three times a week showed that core stabilization produced significantly more improvement than strengthening. Core stabilization improved proprioception, balance (as demonstrated by single leg standing with eyes open and closed on stable and unstable surfaces), muscle thickness of the transverse abdominis and lumbar multifidus, lessened functional disability, and reduced fear of movement. Bonuses of either exercise: no unpleasant side-effects AND pain relief. (2) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is always concerned about balance issues in our chiropractic patients. Exercise that helps with La Grande balance is so important.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paula Hugulet on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes the benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain for pain relief and spine strengthening.

Set up your La Grande chiropractic appointment soon. If back pain is your focus in this moment, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC offers a research-documented system and treatment plan for its relief and for its continued relief and deterrence with exercise that strengthens the lumbar muscles. We’ll design a simple exercise plan just for you!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC instructs low back pain sufferers simple exercises that address lumbar spine instability.
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