Executive Chiropractic of Iowa Treats Disc Herniation Pain

“You have to know where you came from to know where you are going.”

It’s true for all of us individually, familiarly, and professionally. It’s true for medicine – allopathic and alternative - too. It is true for the knowledge of the disc and the spine it houses. Knowledge of West Des Moines back pain keeps evolving, and one of the major milestones was relatively new in our human history. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa discloses old and new discoveries about the disc and the back pain it causes as well as the West Des Moines chiropractic care that relieves that back pain.

HISTORY OF THE DISC HERNIATION

The understanding of disc herniation as a compressive force on spinal nerves resulting in back pain and leg pain is a relatively recent phenomenon. Keep in mind that the spine changes as it ages. The spinal disc’s shape and tissue composition changes. The center part of the disc, nucleus pulposus, changes and decreases in size. (1) We know better today, but in 1909, the disc herniation was thought to be a tumor. In 1930, a neurologist (T Alajouanine) and surgeon (D Petit-Dutaillis) described their surgical experiences with disc herniations that were initially studied by a pathologist named CG Schmorl. But it wasn’t until 1934 when WJ Mixter and JS Barr circulated the first report of surgically removing disc herniations in 19 patients. (2) (Unless it is published, it did not happen…and you do not get credit for it!) So it was fewer than 100 years ago that the disc herniation was named a disc herniation and known as such! Allopathy and alternative medicine like chiropractic have risen to the challenge in that time.

ALLOPATHY and ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Allopathic medicine is traditionally focused on the disease and tends to concentrate on symptom-specific treatment (usually pharmacological or invasive) to remove the cause of pain. Alternative medicine traditionally centered on a whole-body approach and tends to concentrate on treatments that stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself (herbal supplements, Reiki, chiropractic, Tai chi, acupuncture, etc.) to reduce pain. (3) Today, integrative medicine is escalating in its valuing and utilization of the best of both.

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR DISC HERNIATION

Chiropractic care is comprehensive care for spine pain conditions. For the disc herniation resulting in low back pain, neck pain, leg pain and/or arm pain, gentle flexion distraction spinal manipulation is relieving. A new report points out that horizontal traction was quite effective in causing a significant enlargement of average lumbar spine disc height and decrease in lumbar lordosis. (4) Such is available with the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management causing long-y axis distraction. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa specializes in this treatment. Cox Technic is described as a non-thrust low velocity variable amplitude spinal manipulation that takes care of low back pain non-pharmacologically. It is shown to decrease pain in chronic low back pain patients. (5) It reduces intradiscal pressure in the disc to as low as -192mmHg, opens the spinal canal area by 28%, and enlarges disc height by 17%. (6) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa eases back pain due to disc herniation very effectively.

CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa

Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jake Bohnen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He discusses a case of a disc herniation he treated with Cox® Technic and reduced pain…and the herniation on MRI!

Schedule a non-surgical West Des Moines chiropractic care appointment with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa today. Together, we will determine where you have been on your back pain journey and make a path of correction and control for its future with the most appropriate treatment possible.

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa gently treats the disc herniation causing back pain.
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