Slipped Disc / Disc Herniation
How to Find a Chiropractor Who Treats Disc Conditions
All chiropractic colleges teach disc treatment methods. Patients who want to consider conservative care for their low back and leg pain should consult a chiropractor who offers a program of diagnosis and treatment using low force techniques.
The extensive training in America has allowed us to specifically address disc problems by adjusting the lumbar and the disc using manual side posture adjustments. These methods are designed to treat herniated protrusion and/or prolapsed disc.
A herniated disc can be symptomatic or asymptomatic. When a healthy disc is herniated, it starts to degenerate as it receives inadequate supplies of fluid and nutrients and discards inadequate amounts of waste. Chiropractic treatment in this case is designed to reverse the degenerative process by restoring disc health, including specific exercises and supplements.
The disc herniation is simply a defensive mechanism due to spinal misalignment. When your vertebra is misaligned, it impinges on the spinal cord and the nerves.
In situations when there is severe impingement to the extent that it impairs the communication of your entire body, the disc will actually inflame or “slip” in order to stop you from moving and misaligning your vertebra even more. This defensive mechanism is saving your life because if you completely lose nerve supply, you could lose basic abilities such as walking or digesting, etc. Chiropractic care can resolve this problem and save you several thousand dollars on drugs and surgery.
Chiropractors are holistic doctors and even specific conditions, such as a herniated or ruptured discs, are treated in a whole body context.
The chiropractor considers stress. nutritional and lifestyle factors, especially as they relate to pain perception and reduction of inflammation. Conditioning and exercise, stress management, and improved nutrition and eating habits are all considered when the acute phase of pain and inflammation has been resolved.
The low back disc is always seen in the context of the spine as a whole. In addition to addressing the low back, the chiropractor addresses possible spinal joint restrictions in the neck, midback, and extremities that may need correction. Manual adjustment techniques can be used successfully in the neck and midback, while the low back is addressed with low force techniques.