Water is central to the body. Water makes up about half of the body. The spinal disc is composed of about 80% water. Disc degeneration entails the loss of water and disc hydration. Chiropractic takes care of disc problems like disc degeneration with a variety of approaches. Exercise assists water diffusion into the disc. Spinal manipulation boosts diffusion of water into the disc. Drinking water cannot hurt either! New Hampshire Spine and Sport uses spinal manipulation to help our spine pain patients experiencing Southern New Hampshire back pain and neck pain and related arm and leg pain and recommends exercise to support 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 positively, so they turned to the disc to see if it would. One new study made use of imaging to learn. On T2-weighted MRI imaging after 6 months of exercise in the patient with non specific low back pain, the researchers did not uncover a benefit; however, at 3 months the imaging exhibited increased 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 showed 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 neck and back pain management. If nothing else, a Southern New Hampshire back pain sufferer may well increase the odds of responding to conservative care by raising the water content of disc with exercise and spinal manipulation!
Southern New Hampshire SPINAL MANIPULATION AND WATER DIFFUSION INTO THE DISC
Studies of manual therapy and traction effects on the intervertebral disc in back pain patients showed that there is an effect on the physiology (the structure and function) of the disc primarily via water diffusion and molecular transport. Both of these are vital for a healthy disc. (3) Beattie reported that changes in the water diffusion within the the L1-2, L2-3, and L5S1 discs were seen after only one treatment of spinal manipulation. (4) New Hampshire Spine and Sport utlilizes the gentle distraction treatment called Cox Technic spinal manipulation to create a push-pull-pumping effect on the disc and its endplates to encourage imbibition of fluid into the disc help our Southern New Hampshire 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.
Set up your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment now. Your body survives on water. Degenerated discs lose water. New Hampshire Spine and Sport guides Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients toward healthier discs with spinal manipulation and exercise to coost water content.