Groton Exercise and Manipulation May Help Get Water into Disc

Water is essential 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 manages 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 hurt either!  Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office uses spinal manipulation to take care of our spine pain patients experiencing Groton back pain and neck pain and related leg and arm 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 benefit the intervertebral disc in non-specific low back pain sufferers? Researchers described how muscles, tendons and bone do respond positively, so they looked at the disc to see if it does.  One new study made use of imaging to find out. On T2-weighted MRI imaging after six 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 explained that other types of low back pain sufferers may respond differently. (1) That’s noteworthy. The increased 'apparent diffusion coefficients' is promising yet when we consider 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 disc diffusion of water. (2) If exercise can enhance that even a bit, it has a place in back and neck pain management. At the very least, a Groton back pain sufferer may well improve the chances of responding to conservative care by maximizing the water content of disc with exercise and spinal manipulation!

Groton SPINAL MANIPULATION AND WATER DIFFUSION INTO THE DISC

Studies of manual therapy and traction effects on the intervertebral disc in back pain patients documented that there is an impact on the physiology (the structure and function) of the disc primarily via water diffusion and molecular transport. Both of these are important for a healthy disc. (3) Beattie wrote that changes in the water diffusion within the the L1-2, L2-3, and L5S1 discs were observed after only one treatment of spinal manipulation. (4) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office 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 the disc to imbibe fluid into the disc help our Groton 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 discusses the process of disc degeneration and how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction helps in its care via manipulation.

Make your Groton chiropractic appointment today. Your body survives on water. Disc degeneration is a loss of water. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office guides Groton chiropractic patients toward healthier discs with spinal manipulation and exercise to coost water content. 

 
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office uses spinal manipulation and exercise to enhance the diffusion of water into the disc which helps the health of the disc. 
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