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Augusta Exercise and Manipulation May Help Get Water into Disc

January 28, 2021

Water is essential to the body. The body is composed of around 50% water. The spinal disc has about 80% water. Disc degeneration entails the loss of water and disc hydration. Chiropractic manages 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 but help!  Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic utilizes spinal manipulation to help our spine pain patients experiencing Augusta back pain and neck pain and related leg and arm pain and recommends exercise to increase the effects of spinal manipulation to improve the health of the spinal disc.


Can exercise help the intervertebral disc in non-specific low back pain sufferers? Researchers reported that muscles, tendons and bone do respond well, so they turned to the disc to see if it would.  One new study employed imaging to see. On T2-weighted MRI imaging after 6 months of exercise in the patient with non specific low back pain, the researchers didn’t discover a benefit though at 3 months the imaging showed increased L5S1 diffusion coefficients. They stated that other types of low back pain sufferers may respond differently. (1) That’s noteworthy. The increased 'apparent diffusion coefficients' is promising though when we look at other articles about diffusion of water into the disc. Wong described that non-specific low back pain patients who responded with greater than 30% relief to spinal manipulation therapy compared with non-responders demonstrated a higher apparent diffusion coefficient for diffusion of water into the disc. (2) If exercise can enhance that even a bit, it has a spot in back and neck pain management. If nothing else, a Augusta 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!


Studies of manual therapy and traction effects on the intervertebral disc in back pain patients showed that there is an impact on the physiology (the structure and function) of the disc mainly via water diffusion and molecular transport. Both of these are important for a healthy disc. (3) Beattie wrote that changes in the water diffusion within the discs at L1-2, L2-3, and L5S1 were observed after only one treatment of spinal manipulation. (4) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic uses the gentle distraction treatment called Cox Technic spinal manipulation to make a push-pull-pumping effect on the disc and its endplates to encourage the disc to imbibe fluid into the disc help our Augusta spine pain patients.

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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.

Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment now. Your body survives on water. Disc degeneration is a loss of water. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic guides Augusta chiropractic patients toward healthier discs with spinal manipulation and exercise to enhance water content. 

Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic uses spinal manipulation and exercise to enhance the diffusion of water into the disc which supports the health of the disc.