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Possible Regeneration for Nashua Disc Degeneration

October 13, 2020

The future: disc re-generation! It is an exciting possibility being examined today. Turning disc degeneration into disc regeneration holds hope for back pain sufferers all around. What’s the latest proposed process? Distraction. Just what your Nashua chiropractor at Moriarty Chiropractic is well-trained to do! Nashua chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For Nashua back pain associated with disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration reports extend hope for back pain relief.


Researchers seem more and more positive about disc regeneration. A new group of researchers described the biochemical, mechanical, and structural changes that must all come together to lead to disc degeneration initially. Giving credit to previous studies on degenerated discs, they admitted that traction/distraction has been shown to boost disc height and decrease intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction used at Moriarty Chiropractic has measured a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure decrease in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They clarified that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the necessary circumstances must come together for regenerating the disc that did so for its degeneration. They report that their research demonstrated that traction interrupted the cycle of disc degeneration in the lab study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is optimal to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Moriarty Chiropractic tracks this research most enthusiastically.


Another published paper explained that there is greater reconstruction and better effectiveness of disc regeneration or repair using low-tension traction as opposed to high-tension traction. The researchers explained that the lab findings are based upon the proteoglycan content of the spinal intervertebral disc’s nucleus pulposus, the very center of the disc, which is made up of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus rose significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction resulted in change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly better to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers described were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all improved. (3) A third study on this topic of potential disc regeneration reported that 28 days of compression followed by 28 days of distraction resulted in disc rehydration, stimulated extracellular matrix gene expression, and augmented numbers of protein-expressing cells. (4) With these exciting papers in mind, Moriarty Chiropractic delivers safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. Nashua back pain sufferers are glad we do!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he relays how The Cox® Technic System is designed for back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next Nashua chiropractic visit today. If you suffer with disc degeneration- related back pain, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so futuristic. Moriarty Chiropractic is keeping track of the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our Nashua back pain patients have hope!

Moriarty Chiropractic shares new research about the role of spinal manipulation in potentially regenerating degenerated discs.