Patients and doctors alike are under the misconception that once a spinal condition exists — including disc and nerve damage — you need surgery or are forced to live with pain, weakness and organ malfunction for the rest of your life.
However, the truth behind today’s spinal treatments bears that while the spine can easily degenerate, it can also regenerate. Therefore, conditions once believed to be permanent can actually be not only healed, but reversed.
To receive spinal regeneration, you must go to a chiropractor trained in this area of spinal care. Similar to the medical field, chiropractic has also become highly specialized. While the mass majority of chiropractors today are essentially “general practitioners,” certain doctors of chiropractic have higher levels of training in neurology and spinal correction as well as pediatrics, pregnancy and over all health and wellness.
A View From the Inside
A review of published literature indicates that the upright adult spine loses up to 20 mm (slightly more than 3/4 inch) of vertical height each day due to loss of fluid from the disc. The sleep cycle allows the unloaded discs to regain most, but not all, of their fluid and height by the reabsorption of fluid surrounding the discs (Kapandji, 1974).
Since all the fluid and disc height is not regained, the spine becomes shorter starting around age 30. It is common to lose up to 2 inches of stature by age 60 due to the loss of disc fluid. In addition, loss of disc fluid and height compromise spinal form and function with lateral and rotatory postural deviations of the hips and shoulders (Kapandji, 1974).
Chiropractors involved with spinal correction and rehabilitation can detect levels of disc degeneration and correct spinal displacements that are causing IVF encroachment, thus allowing the nervous system to function optimally and keep the body healthy. Until recently, it had been thought, once a disc was degenerated and lost height it could not be restored. It had also been thought that loss of disc height could not be prevented. These assumptions are no longer true.
Can the intervertebral discs rehydrate and regenerate? The discs need three things to regenerate:
Research has shown, if we can create loading and unloading cycles in the spine, we can literally “suck” water back into the disc and rehydrate it predictably. Loading and unloading cycles are consecutive alternating compression and traction movements.
The Integrated Wellness system
The Integrated Wellness program is a program that offers a cervical decompressive type of tractioning along with lumbar motion device designed to restore spinal curvatures and bring motion and fluid back to the cervical and lumbar discs. The safety and effectiveness of this type of program is far superior to any type of surgery. Any time you can avoid surgical intervention, you are far better off.
When accompanied with the right nutrients and additional exercises shown to you by your corrective care chiropractor, all the elements necessary for spinal regeneration are there. At any age, with any level of degeneration, the potential for some degree of correction and healing is possible.
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