When the spine is impaired, it can lead to discomfort in many areas of the body, putting pressure on soft tissues and joints not equipped to support it. Disc herniations are one of the most common spine injuries, offering various symptoms and coming in a range of severities.
With deep knowledge of the spine and musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor has the unique skill set to find the affected disc and use safe and natural methods to reestablish the spine’s integrity. Because the spine is the body’s central support, and it connects many parts of the musculoskeletal system, visiting a chiropractor for disc herniation is an effective, responsible solution.
This post will discuss:
- The structure of the spine
- What disc herniation is
- Who can be affected by disc herniations
- Symptoms of disc herniation
- Chiropractic techniques to treat disc herniation
- And more
We’ve got a lot to discuss, so let’s jump in…
Structure of the Spine
To understand disc herniation, you must understand the spine structure and why it’s important. The spine starts in the neck (the cervical spine) and ends in the tailbone. The spinal (or vertebral) column is made up of 24 vertebrae stacked on top of each other.
Between each vertebra is a gel-like cushion called the disc. The disc is there to separate the vertebrae so they don’t rub together and to absorb pressure. Enclosed within the hard shell of each disc is a soft center.
The spinal column supports us in three significant ways:
- It protects the spinal cord, nerves, and organs
- It provides stability and balance so we can stand or sit upright
- It enables flexibility
The spine also connects our different body parts (our skeleton) through an intricate soft tissue design. For these reasons, the spine plays a pivotal role in our body’s function and movement.
What is Disc Herniation?
When the soft center of the disc pushes through the disc’s hard outer casing, the disc is herniated. This can happen for various reasons.
Common reasons you may be affected by herniated discs include:
- Sitting or being inactive for extensive periods
- Weight gain or pregnancy
- Improper lifting practices
- Overuse of the spine
- Repetitive bending or twisting during physically demanding jobs or sports-related activities
- A traumatic accident
Herniation can appear anywhere in the spine; however, it usually forms in the neck or lower back. The effects felt depend on location and severity.
Disc herniations can cause various symptoms, including:
- Low back pain
- Mid back pain
- Neck pain
- Hip pain
- Numbness in arms or legs
- Weakness in arms or legs
- Loss of range of motion
- Loss of flexibility
- Inability to focus and perform
- Loss of quality sleep
Disc herniations can lead to other conditions, including:
Getting chiropractic care for your disc herniation will help keep other injuries from occurring and get you pain-free safely. Whether you’ve been involved in an auto accident, have habitual poor movement patterns, overuse your spine due to athletics, or have everyday wear and tear, your Tampa chiropractor can help heal your spine and get you fully functioning.
Chiropractic Solutions for Disc Herniations in Tampa
Your herniated disc may be causing damage to surrounding soft tissues and creating discomfort throughout the body. The chiropractic services we offer provide effective, holistic results that empower the body and restore your spine so you can live comfortably and productively.
Chiropractic solutions that help heal disc herniations and injuries related to your herniation include:
- Chiropractic adjustments- spinal manipulations to targeted areas to realign and balance the spine
- Active Release Technique (ART)- movement-based soft tissue restoration therapy
- Graston Technique (IASTM)- instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy
- Spinal decompression- controlled traction provides relief from pressure placed on the spine
- And others
Using a comprehensive, whole-body approach to your care is the safest way to start your healing journey. It’s essential to learn how your body is performing and functioning prior to implementing a treatment plan; working with our chiropractic team will ensure the correct area is properly cared for.
Don’t let your disc herniation get in the way of your lifestyle.
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