The intervertebral discs of the spine are important structures both anatomically and biomechanically and are often implicated in back pain.


Before jumping into this topic, it is important to know that our discs change with the aging 👶🏼👨🏼👴🏼process and a large percentage of the population have what would be considered a disc ‘injury’ (i.e. disc herniation) and have no pain.


However, there are some people that appear to experience pain from the disc (called discogenic pain) and may benefit from strategies that reduce stress on the disc and improve nutrient 🍔delivery.


Because our discs do not have a pump that delivers nutrients and must rely on diffusion, various rehab techniques and simple strategies, such as lying down, can help to increase water🚰and nutrient delivery to the disc.


⬇️ Research Below ⬇️


🔬BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The use of Soft tissue therapy has been recommended in the treatment of low back pain based on primarily mechanical and neurophysiological effects. Recent studies have measured the physiological effects of therapy interventions, including manual therapy and traction, on the intervertebral discs (IVD), and these findings may have implications for the long-term management or even prevention of low back pain.


🔬PURPOSE: The objective of this systematic review is to investigate the literature regarding possible physiological effects of physical therapy interventions on the intervertebral disc (IVD).


🔬CONCLUSION: Physical therapy interventions may have an effect on the physiology of the IVD, primarily through water diffusion and molecular transport, which are important for the health of the IVD.


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