How can a chiropractor help me with a herniated disc?
Bulging disc treatment can be delivered in a variety of ways by a chiropractor. This may include deep tissue massage which is used to release the tightness and mobilise the area again, and chiropractic adjustments.
Your spine has a disc between each of your 33 vertebrae, known as a cervical disc. These discs are similar to five balloons, one inside the other, with the middle one filled with honey. A healthy cervical disc will be a consistent shape and size and sit comfortably between the vertebrae, without protruding outside of the spine or touching any nerves.
A herniated disc is one that, for reasons of injury, wear and tear or aging, has become inflamed, causing a part of the ‘balloon’ to inflate and protrude from between the vertebrae. This type of injury, also sometimes referred to as a ‘slipped disc’, ‘Bulging disc’, ‘Trapped nerve’ and even ‘Sciatica’. Herniated discs cause stiffness and discomfort in the back but will not necessarily cause pain. Pain comes as and when a bulging disc touches or impacts upon a nerve, often then creating a trapped nerve.
Interesting facts about disc pain
|Discogenic pain is pain originating from a damaged vertebral disc, particularly due to degenerative disc disease|
|Not all degenerated discs cause pain, but may have other symptoms like weakness, numbness or tingling|
|Disc degeneration occurs naturally with age and doesn’t mean you will suffer from a bad back|
|Men between the ages of 20 and 50 are most likely to have a herniated disc|
|Staying seated for long periods of time can put pressure on your spine and discs|
|Herniated disc can occur anywhere along the spine, but most often occurs in the lower back|
|Herniated disc is sometimes called a bulging, protruding, ruptured or ‘slipped’ disc|
|It is one of the most common causes of lower back pain, as well as leg pain, or “sciatica”|
|Disc pain can come on rapidly for no apparent reason, but the cause may well have been ongoing for many months|
|Bulging discs put pressure on the surrounding nerve routes, resulting in pain that radiates down the back or other areas of the body|