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A Healthy Brooks Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Brooks chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits 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 reduced, which happens when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression impedes circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve begins. The narrowing of the nerve opening is termed Brooks spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Brooks stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc works like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore acts to stop nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, resulting in motion loss, compressed nerve, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take up water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, the interior of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc reduces significantly with degeneration, thus reducing the water content of the disc. Disc water loss because of GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration decreases the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The inability to control motion of the vertebrae is called instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

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

First, Soft Health and Healing Clinic uses a specialized form of Brooks spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, decreases pressure inside the disc to aid in circulation, restores lost range of motion to the spine and creates 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; improved range of motion of spine; and satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Soft Health and Healing Clinic benefits Brooks back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Soft Health and Healing Clinic may suggest 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, generating greater fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and assist prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) plays a part in peripheral nerve injury healing by encouraging Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

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

 
Your Brooks chiropractor really likes seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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