Bulging and Herniated Discs

  • By Dr. Corey Bowden
  • 22 Dec, 2017

Spinal Decompression can help!

Discs are located between each vertebra and provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine.   Discs undergo tremendous amounts of stress, which can sometimes lead to a bulging disc.  A herniated disc occurs when the pressure within a disc becomes too great, tearing through the disc wall  This can impinge painfully on nerve roots, leading also to numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness associated with the condition of sciatic pain.  

The Jelly Donut Analogy

Comparing the discs in your back to jelly donuts gives you a good idea of what happens when a disc herniates.  Picture in your mind a jelly donut, plump with strawberry filling.  Have you ever set a box of donuts on your office chair, only to absentmindedly plop down on them a few moments later?  What happens?  The jelly oozes out under the pressure.  When a disc ruptures or herniates, the same thing happens, except, unlike the jelly donut, a herniated disc can be repaired! That’s where  spinal decompression  comes in. 

Contact Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation to learn more!  

Call our office at: 801-444-1230


 


Advanced Spinal Blog

By Dr. Corey Bowden 12 Jan, 2018

Walking upright on two feet has advantages, but it also puts intense pressure on the spine, as well as on other muscles and bones. Add to this improper sitting, lifting, or reaching—and the normal wear and tear of working and playing—and you have the perfect recipe for back pain . That’s why back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, some experts say, as many as 80% of us will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.

There are, however, some simple steps you can take to prevent back pain. These include:  

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic .
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
  • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
  • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
  • Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your workstation is ergonomically correct.

For more information, or if you are experiencing back pain, please  Contact  Dr. Bowden at Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation. 

Call our office at: 801-444-1230


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By Dr. Corey Bowden 04 Jan, 2018

When you think of good-for-you beverages, water immediately comes to mind, but there are others worth adding to your diet. Sip your way to a stronger immune system, a better mood and more. Now that’s easy to swallow!

Green Tea: Helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and cavities.

Mint Tea: Eases cramps and helps ward off indigestion.

One Percent Reduced Fat Milk: Curbs cravings, helps protect against osteoporosis, helps stabilize blood sugars, so you’re less susceptible to cravings.

Soy Milk: Lowers risk of heart disease, contains soluble fiber, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and triglycerides, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Hot Chocolate: Improves mood, may help protect against heart disease, increases the protection of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for regulating mood.

Low Sodium Tomato Juice: May protect against some cancers, richest source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been associated with a reduced risk of lung and stomach cancer, as well as pancreatic, colorectal, esophageal, oral, breast and cervical cancers.

Cranberry Juice: Helps prevent gum disease. Research suggests that cranberry juice that is used to fight off urinary tract infections may also protect against periodontal disease.

Orange Juice: May ward off birth defects and boost immunity. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, and is also a potent antioxidant that may protect against a variety of diseases including cataracts and lung cancer.

Contact   Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation to learn more about the many options for a happy, healthier you!
Or call our office at: 801-444-1230
 





By Dr. Corey Bowden 22 Dec, 2017

Millions of people lead healthier and happier lives, free from chronic pain , simply because they have discovered chiropractic care. How many people miss much of what life offers because they live with a painful nagging injury or illness?  To gain temporary relief, many people try various drugs and pain killers that, at best, only cover up the symptoms.  Usually these solutions do nothing to resolve the cause of their problems.  Many of these people could regain their health under chiropractic care .

Don’t let life pass you by this year! If you or someone you know is in pain,   Contact  Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation to learn more about how chiropractic care can help.  Call our office today at 801-444-1230  for an appointment. 


By Dr. Corey Bowden 22 Dec, 2017

Discs are located between each vertebra and provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine.   Discs undergo tremendous amounts of stress, which can sometimes lead to a bulging disc.  A herniated disc occurs when the pressure within a disc becomes too great, tearing through the disc wall  This can impinge painfully on nerve roots, leading also to numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness associated with the condition of sciatic pain.  

The Jelly Donut Analogy

Comparing the discs in your back to jelly donuts gives you a good idea of what happens when a disc herniates.  Picture in your mind a jelly donut, plump with strawberry filling.  Have you ever set a box of donuts on your office chair, only to absentmindedly plop down on them a few moments later?  What happens?  The jelly oozes out under the pressure.  When a disc ruptures or herniates, the same thing happens, except, unlike the jelly donut, a herniated disc can be repaired! That’s where  spinal decompression  comes in. 

Contact Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation to learn more!  

Call our office at: 801-444-1230


 


By Dr. Corey Bowden 19 Dec, 2017


  • Only second to the common cold, back pain is the # 1 cause of work absence
  • Lower back pain costs exceed that of any other single health disorder
  • 8 out of 10 people seek a physician for back pain
  • 6.5 million people are in bed on any given day due to back pain
  • 93 million workdays will be lost annually to back pain
  • 54 million Americans are disabled annually due to back injury
  • 4 million people became permanently disabled last year due to back pain
  • Spine surgery is the second leading surgical procedure in America approaching 500,000 surgeries per year
Treatment of back pain is a $54 billion dollar industry which traditionally produces less than 25% results with patients. This has left millions suffering, confused, angry, frustrated and in constant pain!

Doctors around the world are employing the extraordinary benefits of spinal decompression in their treatment regimen with tremendous results. If you thought you were going to have to go under the knife, think again! The comforting news is that now you have an 86% chance of relieving your back pain without surgery! No knives, no painful recovery, no drugs!

Contact Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation to learn more about this Non-Surgical Solution for Chronic Neck and Back Pain.
Or call our office at: 801-444-1230


By Dr. Corey Bowden 24 Oct, 2017

NASA Researchers investigated the effects that zero gravity may have on astronauts during space travel. NASA found that pressure on the spine was eliminated in the zero gravity state. Astronauts who had back pain were not only relieved of the pain but gained height during space missions because of the negative pressure on the disc.


Spinal decompression mimics the effects of space travel by reducing the
pressure on the disc drawing nutrients, moisture and oxygen into the disc.


Technology was developed…Which has the same disc heightening effects caused by zero gravity. Spinal Decompression is a giant leap forward for those suffering with the effects of bulging and/or herniated discs and facet syndrome. Decompression results in the reduction of chronic low back and neck pain , sciatica and numbness in arms, hands, legs, and feet. Today the FDA’s approval of Spinal Decompression for the neck and low back is resulting in an 86% success rate for those who had thought there was no hope. Now there is the perfect solution…

A study of spinal decompression patients undergoing therapy resulted in an amazing 86% of patients reporting a completed or near resolution of their symptoms.


A Clinical Study:

Thomas A. Gionis, MD and Eric Groteke, DC tracked the success of a six-week decompression therapy regimen administered to 219 individuals 24-74 years of age who were randomly selected from 500 back pain patients. All participants had experienced symptoms lasting 4 weeks or longer associated with herniations and degenerative disc disease as confirmed by MRI scans.

The graph above shows the real life results from spinal decompression therapy. Overall, spinal decompression produced an impressive 86% success rate. Additionally, out of the 24 participants who suffered specifically from a single herniation with degeneration, 100% experience successful, positive results.


Gionis, Thomas, MD, MBA, FICS, FRCS and Groteke, Eric, DC, CCIC, Orthopedic Technology Review, “Spinal Decompression,” Vol.5 No.6, November/December 2003. Pgs 36-39.


By Dr. Corey Bowden 09 Oct, 2017

WHAT IS SUBLUXATION?

Our spine protects our spinal cord, which is the message highway from our brain to all of our other muscles, tissues, organs and glands via the nerves that exit between each vertebrae. Commonly known as the “central nervous system”, it’s the master controller of all of your body’s systems. If just one vertebrae is even slightly out of alignment, it can cause nerve interference resulting in a lack of wellness.

This lack of wellness will manifest itself in silent signs of subluxation, usually not given a lot of attention from a general practitioner or medical doctor. However, your family chiropractor at Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation can recognize these signs right away.

DIFFICULTY SLEEPING

Subluxation can affect many areas but one of the most annoying is a disrupted sleep pattern. Science has shown that our bodies require a certain number of hours of sleep each night, and when our bodies are denied that required amount it can have some surprising side effects. It’s well known that sleep deprivation can lead to impaired cognitive function, but even the loss of a few hours a night can affect your ability to concentrate, reason and problem solve. It has even been suggested that a lack of sleep can lead to severe health issues and depression.

POOR POSTURE

It goes without saying that our spine will affect our posture, however, what many parents don’t realize is that the majority of typical activities enjoyed by today’s youth will actually increase poor posture.

It has been determined that the typical child spends 8 ½ hours a day “plugged in”. This means that for over 8 hours a day your child is bent over a hand-held video game or laptop, slumped in a chair staring at a TV or computer screen, or hunched over their cell-phone sending text messages. If your child already has subluxation leading to poor posture, these typical daily activities are only going to make that existing problem worse.

WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM

If your child seems to be one of those children that catches every bug going around then this could be a sign of subluxation. Consider that the immune system operates by the brain recognizing an invader (virus or bacteria) and responds by telling the body to produce antibodies and eliminate the problem. If your child’s immune system is operating properly they will hardly show any symptoms of having contracted the cold, flu or other common childhood illness.
When your child’s spine is misaligned and the messages are interrupted from the brain to their muscles, organs and glands, their body will not function properly. Nerve interference will hinder the message and the glands won’t respond properly, which may result in your child’s body being unable to fight off the illness.


In fact, a study published in 2009, revealed that regular chiropractic care for children resulted in commonly reported immune system-related improvements. For instance, parents reported back that their children were sick less often, had improved sleep patterns and an improved emotional state or mood. It should also be noted that in all of these cases, these improvements were unrelated to the initial reason for seeking chiropractic care.

BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS

A study published in 2010 found evidence to support the improvement in ADHD symptoms as well as other behavioral, social or emotional difficulties following routine wellness chiropractic care.

Our Chiropractors recognize that beyond the effect of subluxation, our western culture and diet are contributing to behavioral problems in our children. With regular adjustments as well as diet and exercise recommendations, chiropractic care can be effective in helping children.

RESPIRATORY OR FOOD ALLERGIES

Whether your child suffers from runny noses and itchy eyes or asthma, respiratory allergies are highly irritating and food allergies can be equally frustrating, but your chiropractor might be able to help.

As with many of the other silent signs mentioned so far, nerve interference can be equally at fault in all types of allergies. Basically, allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to a food or airborne allergen that it has mistaken as harmful. It reacts by creating specific antibodies or histamine to fight something that isn’t really dangerous. A body that is functioning properly may not react this way.

DIGESTION AND ELIMINATION PROBLEMS

The process of digesting food and eliminating waste is another important bodily system controlled by the central nervous system. Nerve interference can affect how the body functions resulting in common digestion and elimination problems such as colic, reflux, constipation and diarrhea.

A randomized clinical trial by Wiberg, et. al. studied infants that had been diagnosed with colic and reported that chiropractic adjustments were proven to be 200% more effective in relieving the infants’ symptoms than the drug dimethicone. Another case study followed 132 infants with colic and 91% of the parents reported their infant improved within one week of beginning chiropractic care with just two to three adjustments.

Similar studies done regarding many common childhood digestive and elimination problems have found that chiropractic care is an effective and viable alter-native to routine drug therapies.

IN SUMMARY

An absence of symptoms does not always mean the presence of health. Your chiropractor at Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation has been specifically trained to recognize the silent signs of subluxation and help you and your family have a higher quality of life.

If you have any questions or recognize any of these six silent signs of subluxation in your children then take a moment today to Schedule A Consultation .


Chiropractor. Scientific Sources:Alcantara, J, Ohm, J, Kunz, D. The safety and effectiveness of Pediatric Chiropractic: A survey of chiropractors and parents in a Practice- Based Research Network. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. Volume 5, Issue 5, Pages 290-295, September/October 2009. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2009.06.002Alcantara, J, Davis, J. The chiropractic care of children with attentiondeficit/ hyperactivity disorder: a retrospective case series. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 173-182, May 2010.“The successful chiropractic care of pediatric patients with chronic constipation: A case study and selective review of the literature,” Clinical Chiropractic (2008) 11, 138-147.“The chiropractic care of infants with colic: a systematic review of the literature.” Explore (NY). 2011 May-Jun;7(3):168-74. doi: 10.1016/j. explore.2011.02.00.

This information is not meant to imply that a Doctor of Chiropractic treats, cures or prevents any disease.

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