Water is central to the body. The body is composed of around 50% water. The spinal disc is composed of around 80% water. Disc degeneration involves the loss of disc hydration and water. Chiropractic takes care of disc problems like disc degeneration with a variety of approaches. Exercise helps with water diffusion into the disc. Spinal manipulation enhances diffusion of water into the disc. Drinking water can’t but help! Moriarty Chiropractic implements spinal manipulation to take care of our spine pain patients experiencing Nashua back pain and neck pain and related leg and arm pain and suggests exercise to increase the effects of spinal manipulation to improve the health of the spinal disc.
DIFFUSION OF WATER INTO THE DISC VIA EXERCISE
Can exercise help the intervertebral disc in non-specific low back pain sufferers? Researchers described how muscles, tendons and bone do respond well, so they looked at the disc to see if it does. One new study employed imaging to learn. On T2-weighted MRI imaging after six months of exercise in the patient with non specific low back pain, the researchers didn’t discover a benefit; however, at 3 months the imaging exhibited higher L5S1 diffusion coefficients. They stated that other types of low back pain sufferers may respond differently. (1) That’s noteworthy. The increased 'apparent diffusion coefficients' is promising though when we look at other articles about diffusion of water into the disc. Wong described that non-specific low back pain patients who responded with greater than 30% relief to spinal manipulation therapy compared with non-responders demonstrated a higher apparent diffusion coefficient for diffusion of water into the disc. (2) If exercise can enhance that even a bit, it has a place in back and neck pain management. If nothing else, a Nashua back pain sufferer may well increase the chances of responding to conservative care by raising the water content of disc with exercise and spinal manipulation!
Nashua SPINAL MANIPULATION AND WATER DIFFUSION INTO THE DISC
Studies of manual therapy and traction effects on the intervertebral disc in back pain patients demonstrated that there is an impact on the physiology (the structure and function) of the disc mainly via water diffusion and molecular transport. Both of these are important for a healthy disc. (3) Beattie wrote that changes in the diffusion of water within the discs at L1-2, L2-3, and L5S1 were observed after only one treatment of spinal manipulation. (4) Moriarty Chiropractic uses the gentle distraction treatment called Cox Technic spinal manipulation to make a push-pull-pumping effect on the disc and its endplates to encourage the disc to imbibe fluid into the disc help our Nashua spine pain patients.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he further describes the process of disc degeneration and how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction helps in its care via manipulation.
Schedule your Nashua chiropractic appointment today. Your body survives on water. Disc degeneration is a loss of water. Moriarty Chiropractic guides Nashua chiropractic back pain sufferers toward healthier discs with spinal manipulation and exercise to enhance water content.