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Chiropractic Contributions to Disc and Tissue
Written By: Dr. Laura Ho
She is a Chiropractor with an emphasis in sports medicine. She received her
Doctorate of Chiropractics degree from Southern California University of
Health Sciences. She graduated with high honors and was inducted into the
Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society. Before attending chiropractic school, Dr.
Laura grew up in Los Angeles where she attended California State University,
Northridge and received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a
Dr. Laura is very passionate about postural correction and overall wellness
care. Her goal is to educate and initiate active care to her patients in order to
remodel the spine from the floor up.
She grew up with the love for watching and playing basketball. She understands the physical toll sports
can have on the body. This is where her passion for chiropractic helps her and others maintain a healthy
body in order to keep playing sports at a high level for as long as they can. Her love for sports has led her
to treat athletes competing in various events, such as Tri the Beach Triathalon Series, Surf City Marathon
and Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volley Ball Series. Before joining the S.M.A.R.T SPINE INSTITUTE team, Dr.
Laura Ho practiced in Palos Verdes and Costa Mesa where she provided chiropractic care and health
education to the community.
Dr. Laura Ho says chiropractic offers far more than the ability to reverse some of the
mechanical-type changes and reduce stress on the body, augmenting healing. After we adjust
patients whose tissue trauma has caused them to develop chemical type irritation, we see
changes even within the disc and within the tissue. These changes promote recovery so the
tissue can start to regenerate. I believe that’s one of the factors that contribute to our
popularity when we work in the medical model. We offer an alternative approach that helps
our patients with these types of conditions.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat
disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA
cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated
manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of spinal
decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the
ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs
that we are targeting. This will take pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions
between the bones in your spine. This "vacuum effect" is also known as negative intra-discal
The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the
herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off
the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only
microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six
weeks, the results are quite dramatic.
The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a
series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and
nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn
and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal. It also helps turn over the fluid levels in that disc
and changes those chemical patterns that we see inside the inter vertebral disc. These are
what we believe are irritating and significant pain generators that produce symptoms. A
chemical pattern that is in the process of evolving into a cascade of symptom production is
improved with manual techniques.
Proponents of this treatment say that over time, negative pressure from this therapy may
cause bulging or herniated disks to retract. That can take pressure off the nerves and other
structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and
nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.
For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the
decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set
around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair
of soft pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite
comfortable and well tolerated.
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