A Healthy Plymouth Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Plymouth chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine acts as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and allows motion of the spine. The disc also provides 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 begins. The shrinking of the nerve opening is called Plymouth spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Plymouth stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc performs like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore performs to preclude nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to come closer to one another, causing in motion loss, 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 moving into the disc. Actually, the interior of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior reduces 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 incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is termed instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let us consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is delivered.

First, Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology offers a specialized form of Plymouth spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside the disc to help in circulation, restores lost range of motion to the spine and establishes nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is termed afferentation. The manipulation reverses 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 satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology benefits Plymouth back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology may recommend nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is boosted when combined with Cox® Technic. Combining these two allows higher levels in the disc. It is this glycosaminoglycan that absorbs water to nine times its own volume, producing greater 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 healing by encouraging Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology

Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he shares 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 Plymouth chiropractic appointment today. Your Plymouth spine will appreciate the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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