A herniated disc is one that bulges outside the bony rings of the 2 vertebrae on either side of it. A herniated or bulging disc happens when the edges of 2 vertebrae begin to pinch or move together compressing the disc. As the pressure on the disc becomes more intense, the fluid-filled disc begins to bulge or protrude out the other side. If the vertebrae are not restored to their normal position, the disc may rupture or become permanently damaged. Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can be used together to uncover the cause of the herniation and restore proper form to the spinal column.
Disc-related injuries to the spine can result in a variety of symptoms. The location of the injury determines where the symptoms affect the body. The area of the injury normally experiences some degree of pain, ranging from a dull ache to severe throbbing. Injuries to the upper portion of the spine can result in numbness and tingling in the face, scalp, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. When the damage occurs in the lumbar area of the spine, the result is numbness and tingling that extends down through the buttocks, along the legs, and into the feet. Disc-related injuries can take several weeks to heal, even with chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy sessions. Massage therapy may hasten the healing process, but improving range of motion and rebuilding strength can take some time.
If the injury to the back is severe and structural damage is extensive, surgery may be needed to stabilize the area so that it heals properly. While chiropractic care is effective, it cannot restore broken bones or tissues that have been structurally damaged. Once the area has healed, adjustments can be used along with physical therapy and deep tissue massage to help restore proper form and function to the area. If surgery is required to correct a structural abnormality or stabilize an injured area, it’s important to follow the orders of the medical professionals working on the case. This prevents further injuries and gives the patient the best chance for healing.
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