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November 27, 2012
All through the waking hours of the day, we become smaller by an average of 2 cm in height; that's nearly an inch!  Wow.
So how does your Baton Rouge chiropractor enter this picture? Well, Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers comprehends the result of gravity on the human spine and the importance of spinal manipulation to maintain the best posture, motion, and health of your spine. Why is this important? Because such efforts can inhibit, or severely decrease, the occurrence of disc degeneration and back pain in your life.

Let’s review the spinal disc so as to appreciate how chiropractic can help obtain and hold on to a healthy spine. To begin with, the disc consists of two parts, the NUCLEUS PULPOSUS on the inside of the disc and the ANNULUS FIBROSIS which surrounds and contains the nucleus pulposus. The nucleus pulposus is a gel-like material which usually is nearly 80% water and the annulus fibrosis is a ligament-like structure surrounding the nucleus that controls motion of one vertebra / bone on its adjacent vertebra which allows normal spinal motion.

It is beneficial to understand that the two parts of the disc are seamlessly merging into each other and contain electrical charges. Yes, your spine is electric! The fluid of the disc carries positively and negatively charged ions which determine the coupled behavior of solid deformation and fluid flow. The human body is reduced by roughly 2 centimeters during the waking phase of the day. This change in height is triggered by mechanical loads stemming from the body weight, which squeezes the interstitial fluid out of the disc, making it lose height. During sleep, this electro-chemical imbalance is reset with the disc’s absorbing fluid back into itself through the process of osmosis. (1)


You can see, then, that the spinal disc is constantly exposed to compressive and absorptive changes. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor can treat you to best ensure proper spinal mechanics to manage this constant, daily mechanical stress on your disc. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers utilizes spinal manipulation to ensure proper spine motion, nutrition to supply such requirements of the disc to maintain its health, and advice about proper spinal movements in daily life to reduce the already excessive stress on your spinal discs.
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So just think about the fact that disc degeneration is a risk factor for developing chronic low back pain. (2) Fortunately, Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is your partner to prevent disc degeneration and control the changes it brings. 
Visit Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers soon or contact us to make your next appointment. Preventing disc degeneration is a benefit of our Baton Rouge chiropractic care.