The Chemistry of Bulging Disc Treatment

I can nev­er learn enough about low back pain.

Back pain is one of the most fre­quent mis­eries vis­it­ed upon the human species, with a huge toll of pain and dis­abil­i­ty. It results in count­less surg­eries and depen­dence on nar­cotics for pain relief.

intervertebral disc

I’ve fol­lowed the devel­op­ing research on the bio­me­chan­ics of the low back and applied that knowl­edge through the use of sophis­ti­cat­ed man­u­al ther­a­py, decom­pres­sion, and exer­cise reha­bil­i­ta­tion.

But in a par­al­lel uni­verse, anoth­er huge moun­tain of research has stud­ied the chem­istry of low back pain: how inflam­ma­tion aris­es, the cas­cades of sig­nal­ing mol­e­cules that irri­tate the nerve end­ings, and how your metab­o­lism adapts to long-term stress.

Here’s what’s become clear –

Bio­me­chan­i­cal stress is only one step in the evo­lu­tion of low back pain. The phys­i­cal stress releas­es chem­i­cals that eat away at the disc from the inside. They break down pro­tein and trig­ger inflam­ma­tion, ini­ti­at­ing a destruc­tive cycle in the inter­ver­te­bral disc.

• The disc fibers lose their resilience.
• The disc dries out and los­es some of its abil­i­ty to even­ly dis­trib­ute loads.
• Ulti­mate­ly, fis­sures devel­op in the out­er lay­er of the disc.
• When those fis­sures get severe enough, a disc her­ni­a­tion can occur.

Three Nutritional Keys to Bulging Disc Treatment

One — Eat a diet that sta­bi­lizes your sys­tem against cycles of inflam­ma­tion.

  • Min­i­mize car­bo­hy­drates, espe­cial­ly sug­ar
  • Min­i­mize polyun­sat­u­rat­ed veg­etable oils. Strict­ly lim­it your intake of corn oil, saf­flower oil, canola oil, and the like.
  • Olive oil, coconut oil, and good old fash­ioned but­ter- yes but­ter — are all much bet­ter.

Two — Help­ful sup­ple­ments to com­bat low back pain

  • Marine oils and oth­er essen­tial fat­ty acids
  • Whey-based pro­tein pow­der
  • Diges­tive enzymes – but don’t take them with your meals. Then they’ll be used to break down the pro­tein in the food you’re eat­ing. Take them between meals and they’ll have a potent anti-inflam­ma­to­ry effect.
  • Anti-inflam­ma­to­ry herbs. Cur­cum­in is the best studied.Call my office (212–400-9663) or send an e-mail ( to obtain high qual­i­ty ver­sions of each of these prod­ucts.

Three — Hid­den meta­bol­ic ben­e­fits of lum­bar decom­pres­sion

Lum­bar decom­pres­sion with the DRX-9000 takes the pres­sure off your low back discs.  Any bulging or her­ni­at­ed por­tion of the disc that’s been squeezed out of place can rebound.

But there’s a hid­den nutri­tion­al effect, too.  Nor­mal­ly, it’s hard to get nutri­ents – and even oxy­gen — into your inter­ver­te­bral disc.  That’s because there’s no direct blood sup­ply.

A decom­pres­sion treat­ment ses­sion involves repeat­ed cycles of load­ing and unload­ing.  With each cycle, nutri­ents are sucked into the inter­ver­te­bral disc and waste metabo­lites are flushed out.  Your disc gets mul­ti­ple extra dos­es of nutri­tion with each treat­ment ses­sion.

The extra nutri­tion helps discs to heal and regain some of their mechan­i­cal strength.  You get more than just pain relief – the discs can regain some of their lost height and bind more water.  An 18–20 vis­it pro­gram of decom­pres­sion is like set­ting back the clock of disc degen­er­a­tion ten or fif­teen years.


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty five years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website,, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.
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