Fort Wayne Exercise and Manipulation May Help Get Water into Disc01/28/2021Water is essential to the body. The body is composed of around 50% water. The spinal disc is composed of about 80% water. Disc degeneration involves the loss of disc hydration and water. Chiropractic takes care of disc problems like disc degeneration with various approaches. Exercise helps with water diffusion into the disc. Spinal manipulation boosts diffusion of water into the disc. Drinking water can’t hurt either! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc implements spinal manipulation to help our spine pain patients suffering with Fort Wayne back pain and neck pain and related arm and leg pain and suggests exercise to enhance the effects of spinal manipulation to take care of the spinal disc. DIFFUSION OF WATER INTO THE DISC VIA EXERCISE Can exercise benefit the intervertebral disc in non-specific low back pain sufferers? Researchers reported that muscles, tendons and bone do respond positively, so they turned to the disc to see if it would. One new study made use of imaging to see. On T2-weighted MRI imaging after six months of exercise in the patient with non specific low back pain, the researchers didn’t uncover a benefit though at 3 months the imaging exhibited higher L5S1 diffusion coefficients. They did explain 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 read other articles about diffusion of water into the disc. Wong explained that non-specific low back pain patients who responded with greater than 30% relief to spinal manipulation therapy compared with non-responders showed a higher apparent diffusion coefficient for diffusion of water into the disc. (2) If exercise can boost that even a bit, it has a spot in neck and back pain management. If nothing else, a Fort Wayne back pain sufferer may well improve the odds of responding to conservative care by maximizing the water content of disc with exercise and spinal manipulation! Fort Wayne SPINAL MANIPULATION AND WATER DIFFUSION INTO THE DISC Studies of manual therapy and traction effects on the intervertebral disc in back pain patients documented 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 vital for a healthy disc. (3) Beattie stated that changes in the diffusion of water within the the L1-2, L2-3, and L5S1 discs were appreciated after only one treatment of spinal manipulation. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc utlilizes the gentle distraction treatment called Cox Technic spinal manipulation to create a push-pull-pumping effect on the disc and its endplates to encourage imbibition of fluid into the disc help our Fort Wayne spine pain patients. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. Your body survives on water. Degenerated discs lose water. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc guides Fort Wayne chiropractic patients toward healthier discs with spinal manipulation and exercise to coost water content. « View All Featured Exercises"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."