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Does Bulging Disc Rehydration Hurt?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

bulging disc rehydrationThe key advantages of disc rehydration are its complete safety and intensely therapeutic nature. You’ll feel your usual level of back pain as you progress through physical therapy and, depending on your individual condition, you may begin to feel relief almost immediately. Many patients report feeling a noticeable reduction in their level of pain after just one Functional Disc Rehydration™ treatment.

This innovative treatment was actually designed by a fellow back pain sufferer, Dr. Jeff Winternheimer, D.C., of the Illinois Back Institute. The goal is to take pressure off of vertebral discs and return them to a proper functional state through natural means. Dr. Jeff himself had experienced terrible back pain for years until his research breakthrough that led to the development of the disc rehydration protocol.

Why does Functional Disc Rehydration™ work so well?

The treatment restores the flow of oxygen, hydration and nutrients through the discs to actually begin repairing the core or nucleus. Our staff of back specialists and physical therapists then works on reintegrating and reactivating muscles to strengthen and stabilize the spine--naturally. This remarkable treatment is completely non-invasive with no drugs (no oral medications or injections) involved. No drugs means no side effects or dangerous adverse reactions to medications.

Perhaps the best news about Functional Disc Rehydration™ is that there’s no "recovery" period, as there would be with risky back surgery. Many of our patients comment that they wish they’d avoided the risks of surgery, which is a major, and irreversible, undertaking. Whether you’ve had failed back surgery or you’ve wisely avoided it, disc rehydration can help provide relief and restore your spinal health.

Exactly how is Functional Disc Rehydration™ done? What is the treatment like?

Treatment is completely personalized to your individual back pain problem and generally involves 3 basic treatment modalities and physical therapy. During treatment, specific traction techniques are used along with specialized equipment and monitoring:

  • Traction on the treadmill. As you walk on the treadmill, the treatment improves muscle endurance and takes pressure off the joints.
  • Traction while seated. During this part of the treatment you’re seated in a chair to target the entire length and breadth of the sciatic nerve. Your back specialist may adjust your position, leaning you to a slight angle to the side to remove pressure and unload the disc, allowing nutrients to flow freely back into the disc.
  • Traction while lying down. This phase of treatment takes place on the vibration bed. The table allows your therapist to focus on sciatica symptoms that cause pain in the Gluteus area and may be felt all down the length of your leg(s) to the ankle.
  • Focused exercises. Along with the traction methods, your Doctor of Physical Therapy will work with you on stretching and core-building exercises that target your specific spinal issues. After your evaluation reveals just which muscles are out of balance, you’ll exercise to improve and restore full strength, flexibility and balance to your body.

These techniques efficiently and effectively restore and rejuvenate your spine—and help make pain a thing of the past. Functional Disc Rehydration™ therapy is designed to “re-inflate the cushion” between your spinal vertebrae. As pressure is relieved, nutrients and essential water begin to course through the disc once again. This allows the body to heal the desiccated, dried out disc, naturally. The healing process begins immediately and back pain relief is often reported after just one session.

Are you ready for a pain-free lifestyle? Join the thousands of back pain sufferers who’ve found relief through natural treatment. Get a free consultation with a back pain specialist, contact the Illinois Back Institute today. 

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Topics: Functional Disc Rehydration, Bulging Discs, Natural Treatments