Most people are familiar with the discs in the spine, and most have heard of a bulging disc or a herniated disc. But what does this really mean and how to the discs contribute to back pain? The discs are located in between each vertebra in your spine. The disc is made up of a gel-like substance in the center which is surrounded by fibrous outer rings. When the outer rings of the disc are weakened, the gel in the center will start to push out towards the edges, causing a bulge. Eventually, the disc material may rupture the outer edge of the disc entirely, causing the infamous disc herniation.
A bulging or herniated disc can be extraordinarily painful. It may also come along with numbness, tingling, and weakness. Common treatment options include painkillers and anti-inflammatories, various therapies, or even surgery in severe cases.
Addressing Disc Issues Naturally
When you are experiencing back pain and potential symptoms of a disc problem, the first priority should be getting your spinal alignment checked. In our practice, we approach alignment issues starting at the upper cervical area of the spine. The atlas vertebra is extremely important because when it is out of alignment, the head is not level. This creates the need for postural compensations – the shoulders and hips must adjust so that the head is carried level. This can cause unequal and abnormal pressure on the discs, leading to disc issues.
The goal of upper cervical chiropractic is to restore normal atlas alignment so that the head can be carried properly, which will reduce abnormal stress on the vertebrae and discs below. In addition, normal atlas alignment will allow your body’s central nervous system to function more optimally, which will contribute to the natural healing process.
You don’t need to continue living with back pain and disc issues. Upper cervical chiropractic is a natural, gentle solution to restore quality of life and get you back to doing what you love to do.
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