Through his findings, Dr. Srbely hopes to pinpoint weaknesses and issues that may predispose or contribute to back pain. If chiropractic doctors are alert to these causes they can recommend precise exercises and strengthening activities for their patients. Since all of the muscles connect to joints, Dr. Srbely's research may also suggest best practices for joint motion and optimal biomechanics to avoid painful injuries in the future.
Much of the existing research links posture, biomechanics and stability to core strength. This certainly is not a new concept for most of us, especially if we consider the prevention and safety advice that is offered on a regular basis: Sit up straight, bend your knees while lifting and be cautious of repetitive actions are just a few. Dr. Srbely's research also suggests that doing things the "right" way after experiencing pain could help to reverse the negative effects, or in essence, help you recover.
As we age, stability and balance are even more important since we tend to lose muscle mass and bone density in our golden years. With this kind of research, doctors will have the tools to better prepare us for approaching this stage of life or improve our mobility and function if we are already there.
This study is by no means a cure for all back pain, but it is a significant step towards better understanding what exactly goes on with our musculoskeletal system. Even more importantly, this research is one of many "bricks in the wall" as Dr. Srbely puts it that will guide prevention and recovery guidelines for all healthcare practitioners.