Spinal Decompression Centre - Melbourne Australia

Distraction reverses disc degeneration

Dr. Ilan Sommer DC (USA): (research pearls):
(Great paper published in Spine magazine about reversing degeneration of the disc.)
28 days of compression in rabbit disc caused degeneration via MRI study. 28 days of distraction regenerated the disc. Distraction results in disc rehydration, stimulated extracellular matrix, gene expression, and increased numbers of cells.
Disc distraction enhances hydration in the degenerated disc and may also improve disc nutrition via the endplates. SPINE: VOLUME 31(15) 1 JULY 2006 PP 1658-1665