Motion Palpation of the Lumbar Spine
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Chapter 5: The Lumbar Spine
This chapter describes the dynamic chiropractic approach to the correction of fixations of the lumbar spine and related tissues. Emphasis is on biomechanical, fixation, and therapeutic considerations. Some significant points in differential diagnosis are also described.
According to Faye, the three most common types of low back pain are:
Each of these types can be acute or chronic, traumatic or nontraumatic, and have varying degrees of concomitant pathomechanics. The syndromes are named according to the level of inflammation or pain-producing structures and more than likely not the area in need of adjustments. Their typical cause may be due to:
(1) the lumbar facet syndrome,
(2) the sacroiliac syndrome, and
(3) the lumbar radicular syndrome, which may be discogenic or biomechanical in origin.
joint dysfunction (fixation/hypermobility),
or various combinations of these origins.
In addition, the possibility of viscerosomatic and somatosomatic reflexes should not be overlooked. (more…)