Lots of people have been told by doctors that they have a slipped disc, but how many of us know what it actually means? They are most common in people aged 25-50 and around a third of adults experience low back pain, but less than 1 in 20 people have a slipped disc.
What are discs? And how do they get injured?
The discs are the shock absorbers of the spine; they allow us flexibility and protect the spinal bones (vertebrae) to make sure they aren’t touching so that the nerves have lots of space to pass information to the body. Disc problems are rarely caused by big accidents or traumas, like car crashes or skiing accidents. Most disc problems are caused by changes in our posture and heavy lifting, especially when these two are mixed together. Therefore it’s not advisable to lift with a curved back or to lift in a twisted position.
Is a slipped disc a bad thing?
A slipped disc can be at varying levels. Severe disc problems can cause excruciating pain and affect our ability to walk, however most slipped discs are small bumps (known as a herniation) that put pressure on our nerves causing pain. However, this is actually a GOOD thing!
“This is our bodies clever way of adapting to support and care for us”
If the disc didn’t change shape the bone could be damaged which would take longer to heal. This is can also be an act by the disc to move more toward the area with the best nutrition to get healthier. This is an act of innate love and intelligence to prevent bigger problems!
Do I have a slipped disc?
Typically clients with a slipped disc will have:
- Pain in the neck
- Pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the arms/hands/fingers
- Pain in the low back
- Pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the legs/feet/toes
- Worsens when sitting or standing
How can Chiropractic help?
Most discs get damaged due to subluxations in the spine putting extra pressure in a certain area, most commonly the neck and low back. As a Chiropractor I remove the subluxations in the spine giving your body the opportunity to heal naturally, allowing the spine to function better. Chiropractors complete extensive training to locate parts of the body that aren’t working properly and how to treat them with safe and gentle adjustments to allow the body to heal naturally, without the need for medication or surgery, as these choices usually move the pressure somewhere else (this is why many people with back surgery may require another surgery within 5 years). We also address any other issues which may be the root cause of the problem; such as poor nutritional choices, faulty movement patterns, increased stress at work or home and depression.
Call today to find out what are causing your symptoms and how we can help you achieve the best health possible.