Back Pain and Neck Pain Terms
These are the "bones of the neck and back;" providing structural support for the spine, protecting and encasing the spinal cord.
These are the fibrous pads of cartilage that separate the vertebrae. The discs allow for flexibility in your spine, assisting the muscles as shock absorbers, and they provide cushioning between the vertebrae. The center of the disc is called the nucleus pulposus, it is a jelly-like substance. The nucleus is surrounded by tough rings of tissue called the annulus, which is similar to a ligament.
(3) Facet Joint
These are the joints which connect one vertebra to the vertebra above or below it. They are paired joints, which means that there is a left and right joint. They are located on to the sides and behind the discs. Facet joints control the amount and direction of spinal movement.
(4) Intervertebral Foramina Spaces
These are created by the vertebrae through which the spinal nerves pass.
(5) Spinal Cord
This is a bundle of nerve fibers that act as the "main cable," carrying both sensory and motor information between the body and the brain.
These are tough, non-elastic bands that hold the vertebrae together and help limit the amount of movement of a joint. They may become too lax, causing joint hypermobility (too much movement of a joint) and therefore pain.
(7) Spinal Nerves
These are 30 pairs of spinal nerve roots, which branch off the spinal cord and exit through the intervertebral foramina (see number seven below) between each vertebra. They transmit sensory and motor impulses to and from parts of your body so that you can feel sensations and move your body
These are elastic tissue that contracts to allow the body to move. Muscle groups may become weak or tight, causing a "muscle imbalance." This can directly affect full movement of the spine and extremities.
These are fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone.
(10) Spinal Curves
In its proper position, the spine follows natural curves, which allow for increased flexibility. These curves include:
(1) Cervical (neck)
(2) Thoracic (middle spine)
(3) Lumbar (lower spine)
(4) Sacral (base of the spine)
SI Joint (Sacro-iliac) Dysfunction
Dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint is thought to cause low back and/or leg pain. The pain can be similar to pain caused by a lumbar disc herniation. This condition is generally more common in young and middle age women.
The sacroiliac joint lies next to the spine and connects the sacrum (the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine) with the pelvis (iliac crest).
Lordex' gentle unloading may create rehydration, and renourishment of the tissues, which stimulates the natural healing ability of the body.
Misalignment and Facet Joint Dysfunction
Facet joints are small, stabilizing joints located between and behind adjacent vertebrae. Because of their location and function, facet joints often become worn down or degenerated.
Misalignments of the spine are caused by poor posture, trauma, too much sitting, inadequate exercise and movement. Even sleeping on a bad mattress can cause these misalignments. One sided activities, like swinging a golf club, carrying around a laptop or child, or even wearing a wallet in the back pocket and sitting on it, can create misalignments as well.
Lordex helps promote good posture by applying a natural and safe decompression to the entire weight-bearing skeleton.
The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that travels from the low back through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.
An important thing to understand is that sciatica is a symptom of a problem - of something compressing or irritating the nerve roots that comprise the sciatic nerve - rather than a medical diagnosis or medical disorder in and of itself. This is an important distinction because it is the underlying diagnosis (vs. the symptoms of sciatica) that often needs to be treated in order to relieve sciatic nerve pain.
Sciatica occurs most frequently in people between 30 and 50 years of age. Often a particular event or injury does not cause sciatica, but rather it tends to develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine.
Most cases of sciatica are a result of the narrowing of the nerve root space between the vertebrae, resulting in increased pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Lordex allows for natural decompression of the spine. This can potentially relieve pressure on the nerve, which stimulates the natural healing ability of the body.
This can also create rehydration, and renourishment of the tissues, which stimulates the natural healing ability of the body.
Under the influence of gravity, your body is always trying to adapt. If it is unable to adapt because of misalignments, weakened core muscles, sedentary lifestyle, or sitting at a computer all day, the body often succumbs to gravity. Stoop and rounded shoulders, forward head position, and general slouch are the body's attempt to correct itself biomechanically.
Lordex, unloads the spine and weight-bearing joints, inviting proper skeletal alignment.
The soft tissues in the body that actually hold your joints together are called ligaments. Although very strong and flexible (like a piece of plastic) they are not very elastic.
Muscles, on the other hand are strong but they are also like a rubber band - flexible and elastic.
Strong ligaments and muscles are critical for proper joint health and to protect against degeneration and injury.