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September 11, 2012

Have you ever been instructed to drink more water? What would your reaction be if you were told drinking water could ease your lower back pain?

Well, at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers, we discern 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 advances to the condition called disc degeneration.

To accentuate this characteristic, a study proclaims that lower back pain influences up to 85% of all persons at some time in life. Also, lower back pain is a predicament for which spinal manipulation has been shown to be beneficial. Researchers study steps that can revamp the productiveness of spinal manipulation. One such action, hydration status, was analyzed: 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 Baton Rouge chiropractic patients could easily do!).

Drink water for your discs' sake! Water plus chiropractic spinal manipulation is a winning combination for lower back pain relief.The participants got 2 sessions of spinal manipulation with a 1-week washout interval 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 prudent for healthcare practitioners like your Baton Rouge chiropractor to suggest that lower back pain patients increase their hydration to optimize treatment outcomes for lower back pain relief(1)

So, at your Baton Rouge chiropractic clinic, Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers, details such as hydration of the whole patient with spine pain are considered and advised to address the issue if needed.

Contact Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers for all your Baton Rouge lower back pain nutritional and treatment needs!