If Bending Backward Hurts

When you stand up and bend backward, or when you do the cobra pose in yoga, the joints between your vertebrae slide over one another.  The joints of the spine telescope over each other like the separate plates of a Japanese suit of armor.

But sometimes, instead of sliding smoothly, the vertebral joints bind or pinch.

Then you have pain, inflammation, and limited movement.  Doctors call it “facet syndrome.”

When facet syndrome gets bad enough, you have pain even when you’re not bending backward.  Sometimes simply standing causes pain.  Or lying in bed without the proper support.

spinal column anatomy


What to Do About Lumbar Facet Syndrome

Chiropractic adjustments are a proven way to alleviate the symptoms of facet syndrome.  That’s because a well-targeted adjustment frees the joint glide between one vertebra and its neighbor.  Another valuable method for lumbar facet syndrome is lumbar decompression with the DRX-9000.

But adjustments and decompression may not be the entire answer.  You may also need to

•    apply ice to the affected area to control inflammation
•    perform proper stretches for the hip flexors
•    learn the principles of proper abdominal support – and use them!
•    change your chair at work – and improve your sitting posture
•    develop strength of the low back muscles
•    avoid wearing certain shoes
•    make other changes as recommended by your doctor.


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Lumbar spondylolisthesis and spondylolisthesis exercises


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.
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