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 five 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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