Everyone’s spine curves a little, providing a sort of S-shape that is evident when you view a human body from the side. Indeed, different factors affect the way the spine curves, and everything from pregnancy to disease can be a part of how a person’s spine looks and feels.
Some individuals suffer from excessive inner curvature of the spine, which is known as hyperlordosis or lumbar lordosis. A more common term for the problem, more recognizable by your patients and the general public, is swayback or saddle back. The words used in those terms paint a picture and describe quite simply the way the back may look if lumbar lordosis is present.
Sometimes this curvature is tolerable. However, when lordosis increases, due to issues such as osteoporosis, obesity, or tight lower back muscles, the victim begins to feel uncomfortable and experience pain. For that reason, many of them seek medical help at that point, and that help may come from their chiropractor, especially if they are accustomed to seeking chiropractic assistance for back pain. At this point, they are looking not just for pain relief but may also have problems moving in certain ways, which could be impacting their work, recreation, and overall lifestyle.
When a patient with lumbar lordosis enters your office, how do you explain their problem to them? Do you pull out the posters – the ones that show diagrams of the normal spine versus that of the person with this disorder? Do you show x-rays or perhaps pull out your favorite chiropractic textbook from your school days?
All of those will no doubt provide a rudimentary explanation of lordosis, but lumbar models such as those offered by Dynamic Disc Designs (DDD) will help with that explanation by providing a clear, hands-on visual that patients can see and touch. These models allow them to “see” their own bodies without an awkward look in the mirror and give the chiropractor the opportunity to speak in simple-to-understand terms while pointing out where the problem is and why it occurs.
Once the problem is clearly understood, the patient is closer to being on their way to taking advantage of the advice you offer to help them counteract their lumbar lordosis, whether it’s spinal adjustments at your office or exercises they can do at home.
In addition, when you use a model such as the Professional LxH by DDD, designed by chiropractor Jerome Fryer, you instill in your patients the confidence that you know your profession well and that you have a solid grasp on their situation. Not only does your patient benefit from that, but you’ll also create life-long clients who recommend your services to others.
Take some time to browse the vast selection of lumbar models available from DDD, offered in a variety of price ranges to fit your budget, and spend a little time reading the praises of these models, bestowed on Dynamic Disc Designs by spine specialists from around the world.
“…your DDD models have helped connect the doctor and client in a way that was never attainable before. Compared to generic ‘static’ models, your ‘dynamic’ models help us explain the intricate details of each client’s condition in an easier to understand concept that can be catered or customized to each individual client’s needs, whether technical or basic. Your models have re-established the vital importance of the doctor / client communication relationship, dramatically bridging the gap for both to have a common understanding of the condition, the process ahead, and the targeted outcomes towards health and wellness for life.”
– Barry Kluner, DC