Chiropractic Treatment for a Slipped or Herniated Disc
The human spine is an incredibly complex structure and, unfortunately, can be the cause of severe discomfort for many of us. One of the most painful issues to deal with is a slipped disc.
What Is a Slipped Disc?
Frequently occurring in the lower back, the condition is characterized by the soft, gelatinous, inner portion of the spinal column protruding through the tougher outer ring and, subsequently, pushing on the surrounding nerves. Ouch.
What Causes a Slipped Disc?
Normally, slipped discs are caused by the softening of that tough outer ring we just mentioned. It happens with age which is why the condition is more prominent in older individuals. You may also experience a slipped disc if you’re lifting heavy objects and twisting at the waist or if you’re overweight and placing an additional burden on your spinal column.
There are a few options out there if you’re suffering from a slipped or herniated disc. The first treatment is, of course, prevention!
How to Prevent a Herniated Disc
Live a healthy lifestyle: Maintaining a healthy weight and a balanced nutritional diet will help alleviate the pressure on your spinal column. The less pressure it takes on a regular basis the less softening of that tough outer ring and the less likely you’ll be to experience discomfort.
Also, quit with the nicotine. Nicotine prevents the discs in your back from absorbing the nutrients you’re working so hard to include in your diet, making them dehydrated and brittle.
Keeping the muscles in your core and back strong go a long way in preventing several spinal issues including a slipped disc. Incorporating exercises which specifically target these core back areas should be included into a consistent workout schedule.
Pay attention to your posture. If you’re slumping over or placing uneven pressure on your hips (ahem, men take your wallets out of your back pockets while sitting) while seated, you’re stressing those precious vertebrae. If your office chair is a bit rickety, try adding some lumbar support with an ergonomic lower back pillow or by simply rolling up a towel and placing it between your lower back and your chair.
Don’t forget that your sleeping position is a major contributor to your spinal health. Sleeping in a position which does not adequately support your body’s alignment can do more damage than you’d think.
Treatment for a Slipped Disc
If you are already suffering symptoms of a herniated or slipped disc (pain, numbness or tingling in limbs which worsen at night or with certain activities) the best thing to do is to get in to see your chiropractor as soon as you can. A professional will be able to make recommendations to safely and effectively treat your herniated disc.
If you're suffering from a slipped or herniated disc in Redondo Beach, contact us for an appointment.