What Causes Disc Degeneration & Bulging?
The cerebellum (part of your brain) controls ALL of the spinal postural muscles, when the cerebellum is not neurologically firing properly, the spinal muscles spasm and the vertebrae lock up causing disc bulge and degeneration. The only way the disc gets nutrients is through motion. Therefore, no motion = disc degeneration which will eventually be a bulging or herniated disc.
What really causes the discs in your spine to degenerated and bulge?
The outdated view is “old age”. If this were true, wouldn’t you expect all of your discs to succumb to “old age” together? Instead, we typically find one or more areas of localized disc degeneration and other adjacent areas of the same age with little or no degeneration. Why?
The scientific reference journal, Arthritis Research and Therapy volume 5, page 120-130 states: “One of the primary causes of disc degeneration is thought to be failure of the nutrient supply to the disc cells . Like all cell types, the cells of the disc require nutrients such as glucose and oxygen to remain alive and active. In vitro, the activity of disc cells is very sensitive to extracellular oxygen and pH, with matrix synthesis rates falling steeply at acidic pH and at low oxygen concentrations [66,67], and the cells do not survive prolonged exposure to low pH or glucose concentrations . A fall in nutrient supply that leads to a lowering of oxygen tension or of pH (arising from raised lactic acid concentrations) could thus affect the ability of disc cells to synthesize and maintain the disc’s extracellular matrix and could ultimately lead to disc degeneration.”
What else causes disc degeneration?
Too much damage and not enough repair.
Too Much Damage:
- Too much damage is typically from excessive inflammation like rust on metal, inflammation destroys discs.
- Posture, foot, and hip biomechanical problems cause microtrauma. Foot problems, hip problems, dropped arches, a short leg can lead to destructive spinal twisting and shearing forces that damage our discs.
Not Enough Repair:
- For repair to happen we need:
- Proper disc nutrition. Most Americans are deficient in multiple critical nutrients including bio-available amino acids, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and essential fatty acids. These are critical to reduce inflammation and supply what is needed for disc repair.
- Proper joint movement. After age 18, there is no longer blood supply to our discs. They depend on a pumping movement like a sponge to move nutrients in and toxins out of our living discs. This critical pumping movement depends on flexible joints, muscles, and an active lifestyle.
- Proper nerve supply. Movement depends on muscle and muscles are controlled by your brain and nervous system. This must be in a delicate balance for the joints and discs to move just right – not too little and not too much.
This list is abbreviated. Everyone is different and typically there are multiple root causes that can be different for each person suffering with disc degeneration. Our book,
“7 Secrets to Wellness” available at Amazon and at Renovare Wellness By Design helps to explain this better with easy-to-read color graphics and stories.
In summary, there is Hope for Healing for those suffering with disc degeneration. By dealing with the root causes of your problems using our unique integrated whole person care approach (page XII of the Intro), it is rare that people do not achieve significant relief and a return to an active lifestyle free of pain.
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