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La Grande Stability is Important for Back Painand for Coping Today

Just a short comment on the current COVID-19. The CDC guidelines regarding how to cope are good. Take care of yourself, EXERCISE, eat healthy, breathe, connect, and hope. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC recommends the same…and adds see your La Grande chiropractor for extra stabilization and balance!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC shares CDC advice on how to cope with coronavirus stress. 


Now, let us look at exercise to not only stabilize YOU and your fellow La Grande chiropractic patients during times of stress as COVID-19 may triggering, but exercise to stabilize your spine while and following your La Grande back pain episodes.


Stability and balance go hand-in-hand. Stability alludes to how balance is controlled. Inhibited balance control is connected with decreased stability. Balance or rather a loss of balance or the sense of stability is often noticed in or described by musculoskeletal pain patients who experience back pain and neck pain. Therefore, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC watches every chiropractic patient meticulously throughout their entire visit door to door. Observation is a valuable tool in the management of back pain and related leg pain, La Grande neck pain and any related arm pain. Researchers studied this topic of balance and its disruption, too. New studies described patients’ gait speed, their “timed up and go test” ability, step test and “sit-to-stand test.” Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC appreciates these tests. Some of our La Grande chiropractic patients will wonder what we are looking for when we have them sit in a chair and stand up from that position and time them! We chiropractors are a funny lot! Tests like these tell your La Grande chiropractor a lot about your spinal condition. Another analysis of similar studies reported that manual therapy like spinal manipulation used at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC enhanced short-term stability measures. (1) Be confident more studies like these are in progress, and one explicitly studying how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction affects these tests and eventually the balance and stability of back pain patients is in its first trial.


Many trials have already documented that many chronic musculoskeletal pain patients experience falls and have balance issues. That is a big issue for older patients with such musculoskeletal pain as they often also have stiffer, less coordinated gait, and poorer balance and muscle strength. (1) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC urges our patients to exercise for balance and stability.


The lumbar spine multifidus muscle is a known and most important stabilizer for the spine. Soccer players get this! Researchers studied their multifidus muscles during the soccer season. At rest while lying down, these players’ multifidus muscle thickness diminished. Those players with low back pain exhibited significant change at rest. (2) Australian football players with low back pain were to have the same issue while standing and at rest. (3) Both studies saw that body composition and body fat and mass were connected with the lumbar multifidus muscle size. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC has some exercise recommendations for our La Grande back pain patients to strengthen their multifidus muscles and improve their sense of balance and stability. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is ready to show them to you at your La Grande chiropractic visit!

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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 La Grande chiropractic appointment at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC today. Let Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC play a role in your plan to sustain and enhance your stability and balance throughout your back pain or neck pain episode…and throughout this unusual time of coronavirus.

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