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  • Dr. Eric Carlsen

Treating Herniated Discs with Chiropractic


man dressed in black with redline going up center of back showing pain from herniated disc

Herniated discs can be a painful and debilitating condition, affecting your daily life and overall well-being. In this blog, as a chiropractor, I'll explain what causes herniated discs and how chiropractic can play a crucial role in your journey toward healing and relief.


Understanding Herniated Discs

To understand how chiropractic can help with herniated discs, let's first grasp what this condition entails. A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the soft, jelly-like inner core of a spinal disc protrudes through the tough outer layer. This can happen due to several factors, including:

  1. Age-Related Degeneration: As we age, the discs in our spine naturally lose moisture and become more susceptible to damage.

  2. Trauma or Injury: Sudden, forceful movements or accidents can lead to disc herniations.

  3. Repetitive Strain: Activities that involve repetitive motions or heavy lifting can contribute to disc damage over time.

  4. Poor Posture: Maintaining poor posture for extended periods can put extra stress on the spine and lead to herniated discs.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic offers a non-surgical, drug-free approach to managing and healing herniated discs. Here's how it can make a difference:

  1. Spinal Adjustments: Chiropractors use precise spinal adjustments to realign the vertebrae and reduce pressure on the affected disc. This can alleviate pain and encourage the disc to heal naturally.

  2. Decompression Therapy: Spinal decompression therapy involves gentle stretching of the spine to create negative pressure within the disc. This can help the herniated portion of the disc retract and heal.

  3. Soft Tissue Therapy: Chiropractors may also use soft tissue techniques, such as massage and myofascial release, to reduce muscle tension and promote blood flow to the affected area.

  4. Lifestyle Advice: Chiropractors provide guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including exercises and stretches to support the healing process and prevent future issues.

  5. Personalized Treatment Plans: Chiropractors create individualized treatment plans tailored to your specific condition, ensuring that your care is comprehensive and effective.

Herniated discs don't have to be a life sentence of pain and discomfort. Chiropractic offers a holistic and natural approach to healing, focusing on addressing the root causes of your condition and promoting your body's innate ability to recover. If you're struggling with a herniated disc, consider consulting a chiropractor to explore safe and effective treatment options that can help you regain your mobility and quality of life.

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