How Chiropractic Care Can Treat a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs are a common source of back and neck pain. Suffering from a herniated disc is an incredibly unpleasant experience which can affect virtually all aspects of your life, with both physical and mental impacts.
Although some people may recover from a herniated disc with minimal disruption, others might need to take time off of work, limit social interactions, and skip out on physical activity.
Fortunately, chiropractic care can help.
If you’re struggling with disc herniation and want to know more about how a chiropractor can help treat your back and relieve pain, then read on.
What is a Herniated Disc?
First of all, let’s understand what a herniated disc really is.
The spine is made up of individual bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of each other. Between each of these vertebrae are discs filled with a gel-like substance, which serve as shock absorbers for the spine, preventing the vertebrae from rubbing against each other.
When a disc is herniated, it means that the inner gel has leaked out through a tear in the outer layer of the disc.
This can lead to a variety of symptoms including pain, numbness, or weakness in your arms or legs (typically not in both but unilaterally). Symptoms and severity can be impacted by where exactly in the spire the herniation occurs.
How Can Chiropractic Care Treat a Herniated Disc?
Chiropractic care is an effective, non-invasive approach to treating herniated discs.
The basis of chiropractic treatment is the adjustment, a gentle, controlled, and directed pressure that helps to, improve mobility, and relieve pain and discomfort.
At Coquitlam Wellness Centre, our chiropractors are experienced in applying adjustments and soft tissue therapy to treat a variety of injuries – including herniated discs.
One of the primary treatment methods a chiropractor may use for a herniated disc is spinal manipulation, where a controlled force is applied to a joint of the spine. The amount of force applied varies but the aim is to move the joint more than it would on its own. This can help to reduce inflammation, improve nerve function, improve range of motion, and provide pain relief.
In some cases, you may also benefit from massage therapy as well.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care in Treating Disc Herniation
In short, chiropractic care offers a variety of benefits to people suffering from this condition.
1. Non-Invasive Treatment
Chiropractic care is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment option for herniated discs. Unlike surgery, which comes with risks and long recovery periods, chiropractic treatments are gentle and require no downtime.
2. Pain Reduction
Chiropractors are skilled in manipulation techniques that can help reduce the pressure on the herniated disc, which helps to reduce pain. This can be particularly beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain due to a herniated disc.
3. Enhanced Mobility
With regular chiropractic adjustments, mobility can be improved. The spinal manipulations help to and improve posture, leading to better flexibility and range of motion, making daily activities easier to perform.
4. Improved Posture
One of the notable benefits of chiropractic care is improved posture. Poor posture can exacerbate the discomfort caused by a herniated disc. However, regular chiropractic adjustments can help align your spine correctly, leading to better posture over time. This not only helps to relieve current symptoms but can also prevent further disc damage.
5. Preventive Care
Chiropractic care is not just about treating current issues; it also focuses on preventing future problems. Regular adjustments can maintain joint mobility, which can prevent further damage to the disc and other related health issues.
Putting it All Together
While there are multiple ways to treat a herniated disc, chiropractic care is a highly effective way to minimize your discomfort and improve mobility.
At Coquitlam Wellness Centre, we believe in a comprehensive approach to health, focusing not only on treating symptoms but also on promoting overall wellbeing.
If you’re struggling with back pain or a herniated disc, visit the chiropractors at Coquitlam Wellness Centre today, and let us help you get back to doing the things you love.