Have you ever been told to drink more water? What would your reaction be if you were told drinking water could ease your lower back pain?
Well, at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa, we know that the discs in your spine are 80% water when they are young and healthy. As you get older and with damage, the discs lose water and that leads to the condition called disc degeneration.
To accentuate this point, a study reports that lower back pain affects up to 85% of all persons at some time in life. Further, lower back pain is a predicament for which spinal manipulation has been shown to be beneficial. Researchers study measures that can improve the efficacy of spinal manipulation. One such measure, hydration status, was explored: The spinal discs of 8 women and 11 men with lower back pain of 1 to 12 months’ length were normal or underhydrated and then hypohydrated for 36 hours before having spinal manipulation. (1) All they did was increase water intake for the 36 hours prior to their spinal manipulation sessions (which we know our West Des Moines chiropractic patients could easily do!).
The participants got 2 sessions of spinal manipulation with a 1-week washout period in between. The effect was improvements in total and severe lower back pain in the hydrated (water-content increased) patients vs. the hypohydrated (water-content decreased) patients. Researchers conclude that there is greater improvement for patients in a hydrated state over those in an under-hydrated state. It is then reasonable for healthcare practitioners like your West Des Moines chiropractor to suggest that lower back pain patients increase their hydration to optimize treatment outcomes for lower back pain relief. (1)
So, at your West Des Moines chiropractic clinic, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa, details such as hydration of the whole patient with spine pain are considered and advised to address the issue if needed.
Contact Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for all your West Des Moines lower back pain nutritional and treatment needs!
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