Breathing Exercises for Optimal Spine Health

Traditional spine surgeries may leave several complications that can greatly impact the outcome of the surgery. Minimally invasive techniques and technologies have substantially improved these risk factors, but still roughly 59 percent of spinal injuries are “incomplete,” according to Randy D. Trumbower, PT, PhD at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, Dr. Burak Ozgur practices expertise and precision during every minimally invasive surgery. With his vast experience and the help of innovative technologies, our doctor is able to reduce the risk of postsurgical complications and help patients regain their life back. With our location in the heart of Irvine, we are able to provide the best brain and spine care to the residents of surrounding California areas.
On November 27, 2013, Dr. Trumbower’s study was published in the online American Academy of Neurology medical journal. In his research, 19 individuals were selected. These participants all had spine injuries with no joint shortening, some joint mobility, and in need of human assistance to walk.
For the study, the participants were instructed to undergo breathing exercises with low levels of oxygen (hypoxia). For five days, the participants received 90 seconds intervals of low oxygen levels followed by 60 seconds of normal oxygen levels, for 40 minutes each day. Dr. Trumbower split the people into two groups; nine people who received the oxygen mask treatment or sham treatment (only received normal levels of oxygen). After two weeks, they switched.
The second group received the treatment or sham treatment followed by a 30 minute assessment where they were instructed to walk as fast as they could. The researchers tested the participants in each group for speed and endurance before and after the study.
The people who received hypoxia treatment improved their walking speed by 3.8 seconds faster than before treatment. The participants in the second group who were required to walk after increased their endurance by more than 250 percent. Read the full report here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110921093602.htm.
With all the lifestyle changes we make to accommodate for our spine injuries or chronic conditions, one of the most important things to remember seems to be breathing. Practicing good breathing is essential to our bodies and ensuring that we are getting enough oxygen for optimal health. To learn more about conventional treatments for your spine injury, or to find out more about ONE Brain and Spine Center, call and schedule an appointment today!
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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