Using Chiropractic Remodeling to Correct Flatback Syndrome

We often think of maintaining a “straight” or “flat” back as a good thing. Everyone remembers their mom admonishing them to sit up straight or being scolded for slouching while they stood. It’s easy to grow up thinking a straight spine is a good thing. The reality, however, is that the back has natural curves to it and a lack of these curves can lead to pain.

One of the most common issues to arise from a spine lacking natural curvature is abnormal kyphosis. It’s the elimination of the natural curve in the thoracic spine (mid-back) or lumbar spine (low back), which results in (the aptly-named) flatback syndrome.

Restoring the curvature associated with this area of the spine isn’t easy and doesn’t come naturally. Flatback syndrome requires chiropractic remodeling to gently shift the spine back into a healthy curve and re-train it to maintain that curve.

Flatback syndrome is a condition we see quite often at Strong Life Chiropractic in Lithia and Tampa, FL. Patients are frequently confused as to why their straight spine is a good thing! We help them understand the importance of spinal curvature.

The making of a flat back

Flatback syndrome is often a result of muscle tightness in the lower back muscles – particularly in the psoas – or degenerative disc disease, in which the cartilage supporting the spine is weakened. Other possible causes include arthritis and osteoporosis. Poor posture can exacerbate any of these conditions as well, speeding the loss of curvature.

Loss of spinal curvature doesn’t occur overnight. Flatback syndrome will give you plenty of warning as it’s developing. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you may be sliding into this condition:

  • Restricted mobility;
  • Lack of spinal curvature;
  • Chronic low back, thigh, or groin pain;
  • Fatigue when attempting to stand upright;
  • Disc herniation;
  • Muscle spasms.

Chronic back pain and problems with balance are the earliest warnings of flatback syndrome and should be taken seriously from the outset.

Restoring natural kyphosis

Once the curvature of the spine is lost, it becomes extremely hard to regain. This is mostly due in part to the need for remodeling and re-training of the spine. Even before this, however, a chiropractor must determine the severity of the deviation through a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) assessment. This will show the loss of curvature in a quantifiable way, to help a chiropractor plan a remodeling adjustment schedule.

The tried and true method of restoring a natural kyphosis is through a combination of adjusting and bracing. Scheduled spinal adjustments help to realign and shift the vertebrae back to neutral, while a back brace offers support to prevent deviation. Mirror image adjustments or use of a Denneroll can also create positive remodeling opportunities.

Stretching and exercising relevant muscle groups is also frequently part of chiropractic remodeling for flatback syndrome. For example, abdominal exercises can be effective for strengthening muscles supporting the spine. Supporting muscle groups enable remodeling to take hold with less of a “two steps forward, one step back” process.

A healthy curve is better than a flat back

Your mom wasn’t wrong when she scolded you for not sitting up straight, but the concept of a straight spine isn’t one you should take literally.

If you’re someone living with flatback syndrome or a spine that’s lacking curvature, it’s time to visit a chiropractor. The experts at Strong Life Chiropractic in Lithia and Tampa, FL have the right tools for each individual’s condition and can deploy them in a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program to help combat the loss of spine curvature associated with flatback syndrome. Contact us today for a free consultation!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.