Discs are sponge-like substances that act as shock absorbers for the spine. They are located between each of the vertebrae and assist in the kind of movements that allow for us to twist, bend and rotate. Aging causes the center of a disc to lose a portion of its water content. That lessens the disc’s ability to act as a cushion.
As a disc continues to deteriorate, its outer layer may tear. That causes tissue matter from the center to escape through the tear into an area where the nerves and spinal cord are found. This condition is known as a ruptured or herniated disc.
The symptoms of this condition differ based on the size and location of the herniation, but may include low back pain, Sciatica (leg pain in one limb), muscle weakness, pain in the knee, angle, foot or thigh. A weakness in both legs, loss of bowel or bladder control and a tingling sensation in the buttock may also occur in some extreme cases.
The causes of herniated discs include the natural degeneration of the spine, injury to the discs resulting from poor lifting posture, repetitive movements, sports and back strain.
How Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Help Those with Herniated Discs and be effective as Herniated Disc Treatment?
Our procedure is based on a gentle touch and a controlled adjustment to the Atlas, or first vertebra of the spine. This adjustment can successfully correct any misalignments in the spinal column that irritate the nerves which run from the brain and spinal cord to the blood vessels in the head.
Many common disc disorders result from trauma to the cervical spine, injury to the neck area or brain stem, and can lead to interference with the brain’s control over the postural muscles of the spine. This may result in muscle weakness or spasms. Spinal muscles in spasm may lead to compression of the vertebrae and the discs between the affected vertebrae.
A National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association practitioner will determine whether or not a cervical injury exists. If it does, they can realign the spine through a gentle correction applied with the hands which will reduce any nerve irritation and pain resulting from the herniated disc.
A properly aligned spine restores the body to a state of balance. Vertebrae and disc pressure are relieved throughout the entire spine and the herniated discs are able to heal.