Water is essential to keep our discs healthy. Our disc is made up of an inner nucleus and an outer annulus. The inner part is more fluid filled. It was made this way to support the body weight and also to support you against the forces of gravity.
These discs also function to allow us to twist, move, lift, and so on. Dehydrated discs will not only have limited support, but also decreased tensile strength.
Also, muscles put pressure and tension on the spine and discs. Muscles that are not properly hydrated often cramp or spasm easier. Muscle spasms put unwanted stress on our structure and therefore our nerves and spine are irritated.
It tends to be a downward spiral … As one area gets aggravated, it tends to cause problems in other areas. For example: muscle alignment problems may cause disc problems, and disc issues may cause more serious nerve problems … The point is- keep your body hydrated, it will not only keep your muscles happy, but it will keep your discs healthy.
Keep in mind too, that the discs are the whole way up the spine. The spine has 24 vertebrae or spinal bones and there is a disc between each one with exeption of the 1st and 2nd cervical bones which is a slightly different joint. There is also one between L5 (your 5th lumbar) and S1 (the sacrum - basically the tailbone). We typically find that L5 and then L4 take the most amount of stress but every disc must remain healthy to keep your spine healthy.
One fact also to remember is that, if you feel thirsty your body has already been dehydrated for some time. So, keep yourself hydrated and drink more water.
CT Spine and Disc Center is located in central Connecticut- Specializing in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call us at 860-633-8756 to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression
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