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Soft Health and Healing Clinic Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps

Common questions of Brooks back pain sufferers at Soft Health and Healing Clinic sound something like this: “What is Brooks degenerative disease?” (Soft Health and Healing Clinic can describe degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Can nutrition help?” (“Yes!”)

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

Degenerative disc disease results many times from typical, age-related changes that take place in the discs of the spine that produce pain. The spinal discs function like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they don’t do their job very well. A discs’ health depends on the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates perform a vital role in the health of the disc. Unhealthy endplates do, too, as they may contribute to degenerative disc disease.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND NUTRITION HELP DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

Chiropractic care at Soft Health and Healing Clinic manages disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc needs some special nutritional elements to keep it healthy and strong, ready to preserve the mobility of the spine. It requires glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It finds these nutrients via the cartilaginous endplates that surround it on top and bottom (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that are adjacent to the vertebral bodies of the spine feed nutrients to the disc. Permeability of the cartilage endplate increases as it ages and degenerates. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate is linked to the start of cell starvation and death of the disc due to poor nutrition. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate may well be responsible for mechanical load-induced dehydration of the disc’s nucleus pulposus and decreased levels of glucose in the nucleus pulposus (inner gel of the disc)-annulus fibrosus (outer bands of the disc) connection area. (Read more about disc nutrition with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate.) (1) The endplates are vital to the disc’s health. When the endplates are damaged by degenerative changes, they cannot do their job of transporting nutrients into the disc. One study emphasizes this issue by explaining that severe inhibition in the endplate nutritional pathways likely leads to intervertebral disc disruption. (2) Further, a good night’s rest may be good for more than beauty! Lying down even for a short time allows an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Soft Health and Healing Clinic treats the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations and spinal manipulation.

Brooks CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

While lying down unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine is beneficial, too. How? It returns to those cartilage endplates once again.  The ability of the cartilage endplates The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is permitted. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is allowed. Recent research today describes the benefits of dynamic loading (as opposed to static loading) on nutrient transport into the disc via cartilage endplates. (4) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is dynamic treatment of the spine. The protocols of Cox® Technic concentrate on individual segments of the spine to increase motion where disc degeneration may be present. It is gentle, relieving care delivered daily at Soft Health and Healing Clinic!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sylvia Hrefna from Iceland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she discusses her relieving care with Cox® Technic of a patient with disc degeneration in her cervical spine, the second of two cases in this podcast. 

Schedule a Brooks chiropractic appointment for care of your degenerative disc disease issues. Soft Health and Healing Clinic has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to assist you in finding some reprieve from pain because of degenerative disc disease.  
 
Soft Health and Healing Clinic takes care of degenerative disc disease with chiropractic treatment and nutritional interventions.  
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