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Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) and Sciatica -
treat this painful condition with Spinal Touch

A gentle, alternative treatment for your degenerative disc disease

Spinal Touch Therapy is an ideal, reliable and safe treatment for degenerative disc disease (DDD)


T1 weighted sagittal cervical spine MRI showing degenerative disc disease, osteophytes, and osteoarthritis of C5-C6 What is degenerative disc disease?
Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease at all, but a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you get older. Sometimes this tendency to degenerate is called "degenerative disc disorder", but whatever you call it, the effect can be painful and can greatly affect the quality of life for the sufferer.

Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs (something like a rubber washer with a fruit pastel in the middle) that separate the vertebral blocks making up the spine. Each disc forms a cartilaginous joint to allow slight movement of the vertebrae, and acts as a ligament to hold the vertebrae together. The discs also act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist.

Degenerative disc disease can take place anywhere in the spine, resulting in an erosion of the size, thickness and shock absorbing ability of the disc, but it most often occurs in the discs of the lower back (the lumbar region) and the neck (the cervical region).

While disc degeneration is a normal part of aging and for most people is not a problem, for certain individuals a degenerated disc can cause severe chronic pain if left untreated.

What causes degenerative disc disease?
Degeneration of the disc can cause the discs to stiffen and lose height. When disc height is lost, nerve impingement is a likely outcome. Bone and joint inflammation occur when there is collision or rubbing of bone on bone, and pain can soon follow. Disc degeneration can be similar to arthritic inflammation and pain. In severe cases, this pain may be constant.

What are the symptoms of degenerative disc disease?
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease can include chronic low back pain which sometimes radiates to the hips, pain in the buttocks or thighs while walking, sporadic tingling or weakness through the knees, and pain from the sciatic nerve. Similar lumbar pain may be felt strongly or may increase over time while sitting, bending, lifting, and twisting.

vertebra showing intervertebral discs Chronic neck pain can also come from the cervical spine, with pain radiating into the head, across the shoulders, and down the arms to the hands. Cervical Arterial Disease or CAD may cause interrupted blood supply to the brain resulting in headaches, vertigo, and the diminution of cognitive abilities and memory.

Is cervical degenerative disc disease (CDDD) the same as DDD?
Yes. As we age, our vertebral discs gradually dry out, which affects their strength and resiliency. When this occurs in the neck it affects our cervical vertebrae. This can lead to cervical degenerative disc disease which is a relatively common condition for aging adults, and is just a local name for DDD.

How will I know if I have got degenerative disc disorder?
Many people have it for years before there are any real symptoms, and some only find out when they go for a doctors examination. Your first inkling may be a dull or sharp pain in the lower back or neck. A doctor will look at things like movement, balance, pain and other symptoms, like reflexes, muscle weakness, numbness, tingling or signs or neurological injury. Xrays or a scan will show a decrease in disc space between the vertebrae.

What treatments will I be offered?
Usually a combination of treatments will be tried, such as physical therapy, chiropractic manipulative treatments, osteopathic manipulation, anti-inflammatory medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, traction, or spinal injections, and these will often provide adequate relief of troubling symptoms. But sometimes even these measures won't be enough, and this is when Spinal Touch comes into play.

Why do you think Spinal Touch would be beneficial for degenerative disc disease?
The common theme with degenerative disc disease is PAIN. And, that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, afterall we're talking about the back here. If you've been all down the usual route and had no relief, then it may be an idea for you to give Spinal Touch a try, and here's why.

Phil Giving a Spinal Touch Treatment There is a bit of a 'chicken and egg' element to this because, when your discs shrink, they allow the vertebrae and facets to nip, or rub, or abrade against the next one, and this causes stress in the body which the brain registers as pain. The muscle response to pain is to lock up and freeze in a tense state, in order to stop further 'damage', and inflammation ensures that there is a degree of tightness in the tissues and between the muscles. This rigidity is there to save the back from further injury, but in it's own way this causes pressure on the discs which collapse even more and bring the vertebrae closer together. Inflammation and tightness causes a reduction in oxygen delivery aggravating the problem.

What we can achieve with Spinal Touch is a serious relaxation of the muscles around the spine which has the effect of releasing their grip on the vertebra. An increased blood supply brings water, oxygen and healing nutrients to the area, some of which allows the discs to rehydrate and plump up, as much as they can. As tension is released from the vertebral bodies, they move apart, allowing more room for the discs to expand. The effect of all this movement is to reduce the pain felt by the patient.

We all know that pain can cause depression, and people with degenerative disc disease are very susceptible to depression because of the prolonged nature of their pain. Spinal Touch is a very gentle, physical, light touch therapy which is very relaxing to receive and very effective in reducing pain in stressed or damaged joints.

Click the link to learn more about Spinal Touch.

If you've tried everything else, perhaps it's time to give Spinal Touch a try. Please don't ever think there is nothing more you can do. There is always hope that taking action can make the difference. Have you tried Spinal Touch before? No? Even if everyone around you is advising you to throw tablets at your problem, remember they only MASK the pain, they don't do anything to change your state, nor do they do anything to address the depression and anxiety. Allow your instinct to lead you toward a gentle physical approach. The relaxation induced postural re-alignment afforded by Spinal Touch Therapy, will help with the stress and tightness surrounding the neck, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and your pelvis, which will help to reduce the pain. If this idea resonates with you, and you fancy giving this a try, I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Blagdon for a private consultation and course of treatment. Click the link for appointments and a treatment price list. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Phil.

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