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Spine Basics

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

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While most back pain is muscular in nature, there's a host of problems that can stem from an individual's backbones. A slipped disc or herniated disc, for instance, can be quite painful. It's important to know the source of suffering in order to know the way that leads to a  full recovery. 

This spine is basically a group of bones in a line up the center of a person's back. The individual bones are called vertebrae and have 33 bones altogether. When healthy, the bones of the spine are strong and dense, providing protection and support which allows one to move his or her upper body in every direction.  Like all bones, the vertebrae receive support from two significant minerals: calcium and phosphate. When there's a shortage or loss of these minerals because of an inactive lifestyle or diseases like osteoporosis, the bones lose their structure and strength. Unless they're weakened in this way or are damaged due to injury, bones don't typically break or wear out. 

The spine has four regions: the cervical region, the thoracic region, the lumbar region, and the sacral region. All of these regions work together to provide support and stability for the majority of the weight in the upper body. Each bony level has a passage that forms a tunnel for the spinal cord and shields the spinal cord as it spreads downward from the brain. 

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Benefits of Functional Disc Rehydration

An individuals experiencing any of the spine-related pain mentioned, he or she might be the ideal candidate for Functional Disc Rehydration, a fairly new program that's revolutionizing the way professionals treat backaches. Check out some advantages to consider. 

• It's non-invasive

• It's appropriate for all ages and body types 

• It offers long-term effects

How It Works

Intervertebral discs are comprised of cartilage and lie between the bones of the spine. This position makes space for nerves to spread from the spinal cord and connect with other body parts. The discs typically act as a sensory sponge, absorbing the body's initial shock from a person's daily activities. However, too much pressure causes damage to the disc's rings and can result in spinal ruptures, degenerated and herniated discs, or stenosis. 

Fortunately, Functional Disc Rehydration is a treatment that alleviates stress caused by damaged discs. The process involves compressing the muscles and traction movements. This eventually helps restores the disc's missing fluids and fortifies the spine. 

This new science is promising and shapes the future of back pain treatment in general. Individuals can rest assured that more effective options are available when spinal issues threaten their well-being. Consult with a professional today to learn more about getting the care needed to enjoy pain-free life again. 

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