Chiropractic Treatment For A Herniated Disc
Herniated Disc – An overview of the condition
A herniated disc (sometimes referred to as a bulging disc) occurs when one of your vertebrae protrudes outside of its normal placement in your spine. For many, the condition only comes to light when the bulging disc is protruding out and striking or putting pressure on a nerve. This can cause an immense amount of pain and can make it difficult to perform regular functions.
Even if the disc is not pinching a nerve completely, is can irritate a nerve near it with the occasional contact rub, resulting in the occasional shot of pain and weakness in the arms or legs.
For those suffering from a painful herniated disc, chiropractic care is a preferred (and beneficial) treatment, especially over offers of surgery that can be dangerous or unnecessary.
Symptoms Of Herniated Disc
The most common signs and symptoms that a herniated disc has occurred include:
Pain In Arms Or Legs – A herniated disc causes pain in the lower back, thigh, calf, foot, shoulders, and arms. A person may also feel pain shoot into their arm or leg while coughing and sneezing.
Numbness Or Tingling – People who suffer from herniated disc may also experience numbness or tingling caused by the pressure of the disc on a nerve.
Weakness – One of the most common symptoms of herniated discs, weakness in the limbs may present itself by excessive clumsiness – stumbling, dropping things, difficulty lifting.
Causes Of Herniated Discs
Disc rely heavily on proper hydration to maintain the form and placement. Dehydration can lead to a bulging disc. This can occur naturally as you age – the discs of your spine become stiffer, losing their elasticity, and becoming more fragile and susceptible to misplacement.
Sports activities, lifting, bending, physical trauma, and habits like smoking or drinking also cause this condition to develop.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Herniated Disc
Chiropractic treatment of a herniated disc involves utilizing a method that stretches the spine and targeting the bulging disc with gentle pushing. This movement helps to recenter the disc away from the nerve and back into its proper place along your spine.
As chiropractic is a manual therapy, no drugs are involved. The constant use of even over the counter pain medication leads to an increased tolerance to its effects, requiring you to take a higher dosage over time. Chiropractic care targets and treats the source of the pain rather than masking the discomfort with a couple of ibuprofen every few hours.
As an added bonus, when the disc is no longer putting pressure on areas it shouldn’t the inflammation is able to go down, which in turn also reduce pain felt in the region.