WHAT IS FLEXION DISTRACTION LOW BACK THERAPY? [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

What is Traction Therapy?

Mechanical traction therapy utilizing Flexion Distraction is a chiropractic technique used to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine. It is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.

Clinical Benefits of Traction Therapy:

  • Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves from a disc bulge or herniation
  • Increase spinal motion within the disc and spinal joints
  • A conservative option to surgery for herniated discs
  • Reducing symptoms of sciatica

How is Traction Therapy Performed?

Flexion Distraction involves using a special table that distracts and flexes the spine in an automated and gentle rythmic motion. The doctor will use some manual techniques with the table to resolve painful condition. The goal is to allow the spine to move correctly in a manner that will remove pressure from the disc bulge. It does this by creating a negative pressure that pulls the disc bulge back into the spine. The flexion distraction motion also maintains healthy discs through imbibition. The motion allows nutrients into the spinal disc and keeps them well articulated.

Conditions Which May Benefit from Traction Therapy:

  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated “slipped disc”)
  • Low back pain
  • Leg pain/Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • General lower back stiffness
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain/strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Failed back surgical syndrome

Flexion Distraction Therapy with Dr. Zo, DC

Flexion Distraction Therapy is well researched, and has been proven effective. Dr. Zo has been using this method for many years to manage the symptoms of sciatica and disc herniation and have saved many patients from ongoing pain management, discomfort, temporary disability and spinal surgery. 

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HOW YOUR SPINE HEALTH IMPACTS…EVERYTHING! [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

  • Your spine is composed of 33 bones — called vertebrae — and they’re stacked on top of each other with 3 major curves.
  • Involved with your spine are 120 muscles, 100 joints, and about 220 ligaments.
  • There are 31 pairs of nerves that snake through the openings of your vertebrae to deliver messages between your brain and muscles.
  • This complexity can make your spine vulnerable to developing problems, which can affect your overall health.
  • The good news is chiropractic care can help keep your spine properly aligned, which, in turn, can help keep you healthy!

What does your spine do?
Your spine plays the central role in your musculoskeletal system. Your spine also plays a big role in your central nervous system. There are two major components in your central nervous system: your brain and your spinal cord. Your brain coordinates activity throughout your body, and your spinal cord carries information between your brain and body.

Back health
Given its central role in your musculoskeletal system, maintaining a healthy spine is synonymous with having a healthy back that supports pain-free movement. When you consider that up to 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime, the importance of keeping your spine healthy can’t be overstated.

Flexibility and mobility
When your spine is properly aligned, then your spine will have the flexibility and mobility it needs to help you carry out tasks. All functional movements, such as getting out of bed, getting into the shower, getting dressed, and driving your car, rely on the health of your spine.

Whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, or an active grandparent, having a healthy spine is crucial to living a healthy, productive life.

Mental health
Since your spine is a focal point for your central nervous system and protects your spinal cord, it also plays an important role in your mental health. If your spine is out of alignment, it could trigger hormonal imbalances, migraines and headaches. Causing mood changes, lowered emotions and energy, and affect how well you sleep and even how you respond to stress.

However, if your spinal alignment is restored and maintained, you can once again have a healthy mind-body connection.

If you have concerns about your spinal health and want to learn how chiropractic care can help you, book an appointment over the phone with Dr. Zo today.

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WHAT ARE YOUR SPINE SEGMENTS? DO YOU KNOW THEM? [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

The 33 vertebrae make up five distinct spine segments. Starting at the neck and going down toward your buttocks (rear end), these segments include:

  • Cervical (neck): The top part of the spine has seven vertebrae (C1 to C7). These neck vertebrae allow you to turn, tilt and nod your head. The cervical spine makes an inward C-shape called a lordotic curve.
  • Thoracic (middle back): The chest or thoracic part of the spine has 12 vertebrae (T1 to T12). Your ribs attach to the thoracic spine. This section of the spine bends out slightly to make a backward C-shape called the kyphotic curve.
  • Lumbar (lower back): Five vertebrae (L1 to L5) make up the lower part of the spine. Your lumbar spine supports the upper parts of the spine. It connects to the pelvis and bears most of your body’s weight, as well as the stress of lifting and carrying items. Many back problems occur in the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine bends inward to create a C-shaped lordotic curve.
  • Sacrum: This triangle-shaped bone connects to the hips. The five sacral vertebrae (S1 to S5) fuse as a baby develops in the womb, which means they don’t move. The sacrum and hip bones form a ring called the pelvic girdle.
  • Coccyx (tailbone): Four fused vertebrae make up this small piece of bone found at the bottom of the spine. Pelvic floor muscles and ligaments attach to the coccyx.

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WHY DO WE NEED A HEALTHY SPINE? [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPINAL HEALTH

Most people are interested in preserving a healthy body free of diseases because it ensures them a comfortable, pain-free life. Because of the importance of the backbone and its impact on human life, it is important to keep it intact. The most important functions of the backbone are discussed in this article, why it is important to ensure that it is healthy and what factors influence its health.

The core of that body is the skeleton, and the core of the skeleton is the spine. This part is considered one of the most important parts of the human body, as it is a main fulcrum in controlling the ability to sit, stand, and walk. The spine is made up of a series of irregular-sized bones called vertebrae, totaling 33 vertebrae, extending from the middle of the base of the skull to the coccyx region. Let’s look at one of the most vulnerable and vital parts of the body, the nervous system, the health of the spinal cord and nerves are just as crucial to keep the whole body working, but they are often ignored.

Keeping your spine healthy is so important, why?

The importance of spinal health is due to the fact that it has a direct effect on your overall health and wellness; it is the cornerstone of your ability to move, sleep, and work properly. Everyday activities and movements, such as sitting up straight, leaning over, picking up things, walking, turning, and shifting your body, can become difficult or painful without a healthy spine. When the spine is injured, you could expect reduced mobility and being unable to function normally

Essential functions of the spine:

The spine is a complex, articulated structure supported by powerful postural muscles. The spine’s value lies in its ability to empower the human body to move in a flexible manner; locomotion would be impossible without it.  The intervertebral discs and the normal curve of the spine in adults aid in shock absorption, helping us to walk and run without injury.

Other essential functions of the spine include distributing body weight to the lower extremities, maintaining human body strength, and maintaining head, chest, and pelvis balance. Nerves going to and from the spine also play a crucial role in the body’s ability to perceive the internal environment and react appropriately: how blood flows around the body, how the body senses and regulates gut activity, breathing, bladder and bowel.

The nervous system uses the spine to transmit electric impulses that produce sensational feelings. Sensory information on your skin, muscles, joints, inner organs such as pressure, touch, cold, heat and pain, all originated in the spine. A damaged spinal cord can disrupt neural responses in certain parts of the body.

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7 HEALTHY HABITS FOR YOUR SPINE [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

7 Habits to keep a healthy backbone

  • Lift correctly

People should avoid lifting weights that exceed 25% of the body weight, if the item is too heavy for you, don’t attempt to lift yourself. Use the ideal position when lifting weights, stand as close to the object as you can and use your legs and knees as opposed to your back and upper body to lift the item.

  • Maintain a good sleep position.

A supportive mattress and pillows promoting proper alignment of the spine and neck, allowing the spine to rest properly in a comfortable way. Its better to sleep on your side instead of on your stomach because sleeping on your stomach puts extra pressure on your spine.

  • Stay active and stretch regularly.

the more you stay active the more you contribute to the health of the spine, you should perform an aerobic exercise a minimum of three to four times weekly, go to the gym, swim and walking .Maintaining an active lifestyle can help lower your risk for experiencing low back pain.it also helps to promote good joint function and reduce your overall risk for injury.      

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Excess weight can strain the lower back due to added stress on the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the spinal area. If you are obese, try to reduce your body fat, diet and exercise are the main ways to maintain a healthy weight. Eat healthy foods rich in calcium.

  • Be careful when using a mobile phone.

 Using a mobile phone in the wrong positions is an unhealthy habit that affects the spine of a large number of people nowadays, which leads to severe pain in the spine. Keep your phone at eye or chest level to avoid excessive bending.

  • Getting rid of bad habits.

Avoid all bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and drug abuse as they make the immune system weaker. The most important thing for discs is hydration, the majority of your disk is made up of water, make sure you’re getting enough water

  • Get a regular checkup.

 Unfortunately, when most people start feeling pain, they rely on painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications, taking pain medication can provide temporary relief or turn off that warning light, but it doesn’t treat the underlying issues that can potentially lead to major health crisis within weeks .Regular consultation with a chiropractor is essential, as it may help you to keep your spine strong and healthy, and it also helps in understanding the warning signs with appropriate medications. Regular visits to Doctor Zo are an easy choice in planning for a healthier, more active lifestyle.

In light of this information, your spine provides support for your whole body, protects your nerves and allows you to move in many different ways. With this importance of the backbone, and its influencing role in human life, it is necessary to maintain its health. The more you know about your spine the better you can care for it.

If you have been thinking about getting treated in San Pedro please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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