A Healthy Minster Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Minster Chiropractic Center knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Minster chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine acts as a separator holding the spinal bone 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 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 termed Minster spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Minster stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc works like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore performs to prevent nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, causing in motion loss, compressed nerve, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What maintains the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to absorb water from the fluid moving into the disc. Actually, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior decreases significantly with degeneration, thus lowering 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, Minster Chiropractic Center uses a specialized form of Minster spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, increases the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside the disc to help in circulation, returns lost range of motion to the spine and establishes nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is called 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) Minster Chiropractic Center benefits Minster back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Minster Chiropractic Center may recommend nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is enhanced when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows increased levels in the disc. It is this glycosaminoglycan that absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating higher 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 repair by promoting Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center

Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he discusses 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 Minster chiropractic appointment today. Your Minster spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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