How Can Chiropractic Care Help with A Herniated Disc?
Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive treatment option for a wide range of musculoskeletal ailments including a herniated disc. But how does a licensed chiropractor alleviate the painful symptoms caused by a herniated disc? Read on to learn more about what herniated discs are and the approach a chiropractor takes to help with this health condition.
What is a Herniated Disc?
The spine comprises bones or vertebrae that are cushioned by round discs which allow for the slight movement of the vertebrae while acting as shock absorbers for the spine. When there’s a tear or leak in the rubbery exterior— also known as the annulus— of one of these cushion discs, it’s called a slipped disc or herniated disc. Sometimes it’s also referred to as a ruptured disc.
While many people don’t experience any symptoms from a herniated disc, you may experience muscle weakness, numbness, and even pain in your lower back or leg if the tear compresses a nerve. It’s also worth mentioning that a herniated disc can happen anywhere along your spine, though the neck and lower back tend to be the most affected.
Some of the factors that contribute to herniated discs include:
● Excessive weight
● Spontaneous events such as twisting and bending
● Lifting heavy objects
● Sedentary lifestyle or insufficient physical activity
● Excessive strain or injury
● Repeated sports accidents
● Natural disc degeneration due to age
● Poor posture while performing physical activity
How a Chiropractor can Help Treat a Herniated Disc
Patients who schedule an appointment with a chiropractor are often looking for a safe and effective treatment that will make them feel better without the side effects of pain medication or surgery. If you’ve suffered from a herniated disc, chiropractic care can help relieve the pain, improve your mobility, and address the unique issues you’re experiencing from the condition.
That being said, here are some of the ways a chiropractor can use to help with herniated disc:
● Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA)
After your chiropractor completes a thorough physical examination of your spine and confirms the diagnosis of a ruptured or herniated disc, one of the chiropractic adjustment techniques they may use for treatment is spinal manipulation. For patients experiencing a lot of pain, the chiropractor may choose to administer anesthesia, so they don’t experience a lot of discomfort and pain during treatment.
● Flexion-Distraction Technique
The flexion-distraction technique is a gentle, non-invasive chiropractic technique that takes presses off the spinal nerves, thereby improving spine mobility and functionality. You’ll be requested to lie down on a special table that’s designed to gently flex and distract your spine as the chiropractor utilizes manual techniques to resolve the herniated disc. This technique works with your body’s natural design to decompress inflamed or compressed spinal nerves, aiding the body in healing properly.
● Pelvic Blocking Technique
This technique involves the use of cushioned wedges to draw the disc away from the affected spinal nerve. Placing the cushioned wedges beneath each side of your pelvis allows your chiropractor to relax and treat your ligaments and muscles naturally. Depending on the severity of the condition, you may also receive some chiropractic massage therapy as well.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a herniated disc and want a natural, non-surgical treatment option, make an appointment for a consultation with a chiropractor for a thorough physical examination and personalized treatment plan.