Milwaukee Herniated Disc and Decompression Doctor writes:
To solve the complicated herniated disc and structural pain problems that we see, three types of tissue must be specifically evaluated and repaired. These three are:
Passive Spinal Tissues including spinal discs, ligaments, cartilage and bones
Active Spinal Tissues including muscle and associated connective tissues
Control Tissues including both ingoing and outgoing nerves, the spinal cord and the brain and brainstem
Our corrective procedures are designed to minimize the stresses on all these tissues and to optimize their function to allow your spine to be as close to normal as possible. Only then can you heal properly.
Water and nutrition must be supplied to all tissues of the body. The healthy spinal disc nucleus is 88% water. Degenerative discs are dehydrated and have abnormal function. We must begin with hydrating your body to achieve disc rehydration and reduction of musculoskeletal symptoms.
Muscle spasm prevents motion of the spine which will not allow spinal structural correction. We will reduce these spasms and accompanying adhesions and begin remodeling of scar tissue in old spinal injuries. This will reduce the soft tissue resistance to the structural improvement we need to make.
Alternate loading and unloading cycles are utilized to soften the hard gelatinous discs. This will temporarily remove the elastic energy from the disc so spinal change can occur. This will also aid in disc rehydration. We use a specially designed exercise chair to focus motion directly at the lowest spinal discs.
Spinal axial decompression may be required after the soft tissues have been prepared. Decompression is utilized to create motion throughout the spine. We use the DRX-9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression unit for this procedure for its' safety and comfort features.
The best spinal structural correction can only be accomplished with full spinal movement. This may require alignment of the upper body on top of the lower body using specific spinal adjustments. Most herniated disc treatment programs fail at this step and leave you with less than ideal results.
We may also use head and body weights to allow structural and postural correction of the spine. This helps strengthen the muscles of the spine,restores the normal lordosis and accelerates correction of the spine.
Once these steps have achieved most of the correction, the muscles must be strengthened to allow the curves to stabilize. As the muscles strengthen they will be better able to hold the new corrected curves.
Only then can the postural coordination patterning be programmed into your nerve system so it becomes correct and unconscious. Just like any new habit, it takes time for your body to get fully adapted to these changes.