A Healthy Plainville Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Layden Chiropractic understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Plainville chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine performs as a separator holding the spinal bone apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also maintains a large opening for the nerves exiting the spine through which to pass. If this opening is thinned, which occurs when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve starts. The narrowing of the nerve opening is called Plainville spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI poster of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Plainville stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc acts like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore acts to prevent nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to move nearer one another, resulting in loss of motion, nerve compression, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to take in water from the fluid entering the disc. In fact, the interior of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior decreases significantly with degeneration, thus lowering the water content of the disc. The loss of water in the disc because of GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration reduces the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The inability to control motion of the vertebrae is termed instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let us look at two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Layden Chiropractic uses a specialized type of Plainville spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, reduces pressure inside the disc to aid in circulation, returns lost range of motion to the spine and creates nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is called afferentation. The manipulation undoes the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. Researchers revealed that spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lower extremity sciatica pain reduced low back and leg pain intensity, disability, pain; increased range of motion of spine; and gratified patients in the short and long term. (2) Layden Chiropractic benefits Plainville back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Layden Chiropractic may recommend nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows increased levels in the disc. It is this glycosaminoglycan that absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating higher fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and aid prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) contributes to peripheral nerve injury repair by promoting Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Layden Chiropractic

Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he discusses his chiropractic care of a painful, stenotic disc and spinal canal due to disc herniation on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson.

Schedule your Plainville chiropractic appointment today. Your Plainville spine will appreciate the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your Plainville chiropractor loves seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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