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Montreal 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 has around 80% water. Disc degeneration involves the loss of disc hydration and water. Chiropractic manages disc problems like disc degeneration with various forms of care. Exercise helps with water diffusion into the disc. Spinal manipulation enhances diffusion of water into the disc. Drinking water can’t hurt either!  Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic utilizes spinal manipulation to help our spine pain patients experiencing Montreal back pain and neck pain and related leg and arm pain and suggests exercise to increase the effects of spinal manipulation to take care 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 employed imaging to see. On T2-weighted MRI imaging after 6 months of exercise in the patient with non specific low back pain, the researchers didn’t discover a benefit though 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 look at other articles about diffusion of water into the disc. Wong pointed out 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 boost that even a little, it has a place in back and neck pain management. If nothing else, a Montreal 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!

Montreal 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 important for a healthy disc. (3) Beattie wrote that changes in the water diffusion within the discs at L1-2, L2-3, and L5S1 were seen after just one treatment of spinal manipulation. (4) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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 imbibition of fluid into the disc help our Montreal 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.

Set up your Montreal chiropractic appointment soon. Your body survives on water. Disc degeneration is a loss of water. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic guides Montreal chiropractic patients toward healthier discs with spinal manipulation and exercise to coost water content. 

 
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic uses spinal manipulation and exercise to boost the diffusion of water into the disc which helps the health of the disc. 
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