Though herniated discs are associated with aging, they’re not limited to your retirement years. This painful condition most often occurs in people between the ages of 35 and 55. At Forever Well Chiropractic Whole Body Wellness Center, Kenneth Haywood, DC, offers exceptional chiropractic care that can help you prevent herniated discs and accelerate healing in a disc that has already been damaged. To learn more about customized treatments for herniated discs, call the office in Friendswood, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
The discs located between your vertebrae absorb shock and support movement while also stabilizing your spine. To accomplish these jobs, each disc is made of a strong outer layer that encloses a thick, gel-like fluid inside the disc.
Over the years, wear-and-tear causes weak spots or cracks in the outer cover. Pressure from spinal movement forces the inner gel to bulge out through the weak spot. When the outer layer tears, the gel leaks out, and you have a herniated disc.
You may be surprised to learn that herniated discs don’t always cause symptoms. Studies of people who don’t have back pain found that 29% of adults in their 20s and 38% of 60-year-olds had asymptomatic disc herniation.
When symptoms appear, you experience pain in the area of the herniated disc. As the bulging disc pinches a nerve, or the leaking gel causes nerve irritation and inflammation, you can also have pain and tingling that radiate down your arm or leg.
Forever Well Chiropractic Whole Body Wellness Center offers several chiropractic therapies that relieve the pain of a herniated disc and promote healing. In many cases, a herniated disc can heal on its own when it has chiropractic care that supports the healing process, such as:
During spinal decompression, your provider gently stretches your spine. This creates a vacuum that helps pull a bulging disc back in place. It also improves blood circulation, which brings healing nutrients and oxygen into the disc.
Spinal manipulation and other chiropractic techniques, such as flexion-distraction, take pressure off the disc, realign the spine, promote healing, and ease your pain.
Gentle exercises to stretch and strengthen the spine support long-term disc health. Regular exercise also promotes circulation and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight puts excessive pressure on your lower back, which contributes to a herniated disc and makes it hard for the disc to heal.
Good posture ensures that your spine stays in alignment. And when the spine is properly aligned, pressure is evenly distributed between vertebrae. A misaligned spine allows excessive stress or pressure that aggravates or causes a herniated disc.
If you need help with back or neck pain, call Forever Well Chiropractic Whole Body Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.