When the muscles supporting the lower spine need to be strengthened, lumbar stabilization may be used in your chiropractic treatment as a form of physical therapy. Lumbar stabilization helps you develop strength, flexibility, and endurance and also has been shown effective in alleviating lower back pain. The keys to lumbar stabilization are achieving a “neutral spine” position and strengthening the surrounding muscle groups to add stability. The neutral spine position is that which is the least painful but most sound posture for your lower back.
When your spine is in a neutral position:
- The discs and vertebrae are able to absorb shocks and other forces acting on the spine in an optimal way.
- There is less tension on the ligaments and joints of your spine
- Your posture is centered
Once you learn how to go to your neutral spine position, lumbar stabilization teaches you how to maintain that position through a technique called “proprioception.” Proprioception teaches you how to know where your joints are at any given time.
Lumbar stabilization helps you:
- Better control the movements affecting your spine
- Heal muscle strains, sprains, and damaged ligaments
- Know how to avoid future injuries
- Reduce pain in your lower back
* Core strengthening also applies to other specific muscle groups within the body. Examples might include the muscles in between/underneath the shoulder blades for chronic neck and shoulder pain, the inner quadricep for knee pain, and deep muscles of the hip for low back and knee pain syndromes. Strengthening these muscle groups is important to add stability to prevent injury recurrence.