Chiropractic Care For Herniated Disc From Greater Life Chiropractic

Are you suffering from back pain? You may be dealing with a herniated disc. Not to worry, our team takes great pride in helping patients by correct herniated discs.

Are you suffering from back pain? You may be dealing with a herniated disc

At Greater Life Chiropractic, our team takes great pride in helping patients manage their herniated discs through natural methods. We offer comprehensive care that includes chiropractic adjustments designed to improve your spinal mechanics and reduce neurological irritation while improving flexibility and strength. By addressing these issues directly and providing consistent follow-up care, we ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome for their needs.

The first thing we need to understand about herniated discs is what exactly they are. A herniated disc occurs when one of the spinal discs between vertebrae becomes weakened or ruptures. The disc is made of rings like a tree called annulus fibers, and in the center of the disc there is a jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. The annular fibers can be damaged and allow the nucleus to squish out and put pressure on the next ring of the annular fibers. This process will continue and is painless until enough of the annular fibers have broken down to the point that the disc shape is distorted and creates pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord adjacent to the disc. While anyone can suffer from a herniated disc, those with generally unhealthy lifestyle, previous injuries, poor posture, excessive weight gain, or weak abdominal muscles are more likely to experience them.

Herniated Disc

At Greater Life Chiropractic, we are able to help correct disc herniations without surgery and prevent reoccurrence. But what exactly is a herniated disc? A herniated disc is usually the result of a perfect storm. When spinal bones are misaligned it creates torsion of the disc in between the spinal bones. This, paired with chronic dehydration and consumption of diuretics like coffee, tea, alcohol, and soda sets up the perfect storm for disc herniations. The dehydrated and torqued disc will begin to break down from the inside out. This will allow its outer wall to press on the nerves around it. This can cause severe pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in either one or both legs and feet. It can also affect other body parts like your arms and abdomen. In severe cases it can cause a loss of bowel and/or bladder control. 

Herniated discs occur most often between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae, but they can happen anywhere along the spine, from your neck to your lower back. The condition can be caused by injury, such as a car accident or slip-and-fall incident; however, age-related wear and tear is another factor.

Greater Life Chiropractic aims to improve function, reduce pain and improve mobility with personalized care plans that include chiropractic adjustments, guided home exercises, and lifestyle modifications. Our experienced team works closely with each patient to help them achieve the best possible outcome.

We Provide Chiropractic Care For All These Health Concerns.

At Greater Life Chiropractic, we offer personalized care for a variety of health concerns, ensuring you receive the highest quality care tailored to your unique needs.

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Suffering from something else? We also care for these conditions.

  • Adult Care
  • Auto Accident
  • Disc Protrusion
  • Neuropathy
  • Depression
  • Poor posture
  • Epilepsy
  • Gout
  • Sinus issues
  • Tourette’s
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Immune support
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome
  • Better energy
  • Better focus
  • GERD/acid reflux
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved endurance
  • Avoid spinal surgery
  • Prenatal Care
  • Acid reflux
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Morning Sickness
  • Round ligament pain
  • Decrease labor time
  • Optimal fetal position
  • Optimal birth canal shape
  • Infant Care
  • Ear infections
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Torticollis
  • Failure to thrive
  • Reflux
  • Low muscle tone
  • Sinus issues
  • Abnormal head shape
  • Delayed milestones
  • Abnormal crawling patterns
  • Poor head control
  • Scoliosis
  • Asthma
  • Bedwetting
  • Retained primitive reflexes
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Poor coordination
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Dyspraxia
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Causes And Risk Factors

Generally speaking, this type of injury is caused by any activity or trauma that results in excessive pressure being placed upon the spine or discs between vertebrae. This could include anything from lifting heavy objects to participating in contact sports. It can also be triggered due to poor posture, obesity, genetics, lack of exercise, degenerative disc disease, aging, and more.

One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is the perfect storm paired improper lifting. We often hear stories of people lifting a light grocery bag out of the trunk of their car or getting a glass out of the cabinet and it causes the severe pain associated with a herniated disc. This is usually just the straw that “breaks the camel’s back”. The disc has been damaged from spinal misalignments and chronic dehydration. The movement that causes the acute onset isn’t usually the actual cause unless it’s a trauma or improperly lifting a heavy item.  When this happens, too much strain is put on the lower back muscles and ligaments, which can cause them to tear or become strained. This then leads to increased pressure on the spinal discs, resulting in a herniation. Additionally, performing activities such as running or jumping without proper warm-up exercises beforehand may lead to a herniated disc since these activities require sudden movements, which stress your body’s joints and muscles.

Sitting for long periods – either at work or while watching television – can also contribute to developing a herniated disc due to its impact on posture over time. Suppose you have poor posture when sitting down for extended periods. This will eventually lead to pain and stiffness within your lower back region, another potential risk factor for suffering from a herniated disc.

Diagnosing A Herniated Disc

At Greater Life Chiropractic, we take diagnosing a herniated disc very seriously. The first step to getting the proper care is appropriately diagnosing and understanding your type of injury. Here are four steps to identifying a herniated disc:

1. Medical history – During your initial appointment, our chiropractors will ask questions about any previous medical conditions or back injuries that may be related. This helps us understand how long you have been experiencing symptoms and if they are worsening over time.

2. Physical examination – We will conduct a physical exam where he/she will observe your posture, range of motion in the spine, reflexes, and other signs that could suggest a herniated disc.

3. Imaging tests – We may use imaging tests to evaluate the area of concern further and confirm the diagnosis.

4. Neurological testing – Depending on the severity of your condition, additional neurological testing may be necessary to assess nerve damage or inflammation due to herniation.

By completing these steps, our team can provide an accurate diagnosis so that we can create an effective plan for relieving pain caused by a herniated disc. With years of experience and advanced knowledge in this field, we can help find relief from your discomfort quickly and effectively with tailored care explicitly suited for you!

Symptoms Of A Herniated Disc

Once a herniated disc has been diagnosed, it is essential to understand the symptoms. The most common symptom of a herniated disc is pain that radiates from the lower back into one or both legs. Other symptoms may include numbness or tingling in the affected area, muscle weakness, or difficulty controlling specific muscles.

In addition to physical discomfort, many people with herniated discs report feeling anxious or depressed due to their inability to perform activities they once could without issue. It’s essential for anyone experiencing these types of feelings to seek professional help if needed.

At Greater Life Chiropractic, we offer chiropractic care tailored specifically for those suffering from herniated discs. Our team works together to provide individualized care plans to reduce pain and improve mobility while addressing any issues associated with the condition. We believe in helping our patients achieve better health through natural means so they can live life more fully than before.

Spinal Adjustment For Pain Relief

At Greater Life Chiropractic, we offer spinal adjustments to help treat herniated disc pain. Spinal adjustments are used to realign the spine and reduce pressure on nerves in the area of the herniation. This can result in immediate relief from pain and improved mobility over time. Here are some benefits of receiving spinal adjustment for herniated disc pain:

* Reduces inflammation and swelling around the affected nerve

* Re-aligns joints that are causing torque and damage to the disc

* Improves range of motion

Spinal adjustments are performed by our licensed chiropractors who will assess your condition before deciding on an appropriate course of action. Care plans may include multiple visits depending on the severity of your condition. During each visit, you should expect gentle adjustment, spinal traction, and targeted exercises designed to strengthen weakened muscles or improve posture. Exercises are typically not integrated into care until you are out of the acute phase. All care is tailored to meet your individual needs.

Greater Life Chiropractic aims to provide compassionate care that helps relieve herniated disc pain and restore normal function. We understand the importance of finding long-term solutions through proactive lifestyle changes and ongoing maintenance care, so we work closely with all patients throughout their recovery process.

Benefits Of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care offers numerous benefits to those suffering from a herniated disc. First and foremost, it is non-invasive, meaning no surgery or medication is necessary. This makes chiropractic an attractive option for those seeking to avoid unnecessary risks associated with other treatments. Secondly, the adjustments made during our sessions can help relieve pain and improve the range of motion, allowing patients to return to normal activities faster than they would if left alone.

Chiropractic adjustments will realign spinal bones to un-torque the injured disc and allow it to heal. Finally, regular spinal adjustments can reduce inflammation in the affected area and even prevent future injuries by strengthening the area around the herniated discs. All these advantages make chiropractic an excellent choice for the long-term management of a herniated discs.

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Tips For Avoiding Injury In The Future

Taking preventative measures to avoid injury is vital to keeping your spine healthy. Staying well hydrated is pivotal in preventing spinal disc injuries. This includes consuming plenty of water and minimizing the consumption of alcohol, soda, coffee, and tea. Stretching and strengthening muscles through exercise can help support the back and reduce strain on the discs. Proper posture should also be maintained when sitting, standing, or exercising. Keeping a good form will minimize stress on the lower back. Furthermore, it’s important to wear supportive shoes that provide cushioning and stability so you don’t injure yourself while walking or running. Chiropractic care can be used as a preventative tool to prevent spinal disc injuries. Chiropractic care can improve posture and joint mechanics to ensure there is minimal stress on spinal discs. 

We are trained to examine your body mechanics and identify potential re-injury risks due to poor alignment or incorrect posture during daily activities. We can recommend exercises tailored specifically for you that could improve spinal health and prevent further damage.

Overall, taking care of your spine now with proper stretching, strengthening, posture, and footwear can make a big difference in preventing future injuries to the disc. Being proactive about protecting your back today will result in better long-term outcomes for your overall health tomorrow.

The importance of proper care for a herniated discs cannot be overstated. It is critical to manage the pain and avoid further injury. At Greater Life Chiropractic, we are here to help. Our chiropractors offer spinal adjustments that can help aid the healing of herniated discs. By taking proactive steps toward managing your herniated disc, you can reduce discomfort and maximize your quality of life. If you’re living with a herniated disc, don’t hesitate to seek out professional help at Greater Life Chiropractic.

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