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How Can a Chiropractor Help with Slipped Discs?

A slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc, occurs when the soft cushion of tissue between the bones in your spine pushes out.

It’s a common source of pain and discomfort that can affect your ability to perform everyday activities.

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, effective method to manage and potentially alleviate the pain associated with a slipped disc.

At Hughes Chiropractic & Massage, we specialize in spinal health and are equipped to help patients manage this condition through comprehensive chiropractic techniques.

Diagnosis and Personalized Treatment Planning

The first step in treating a slipped disc through chiropractic care is a proper diagnosis.

A chiropractor will perform a thorough examination, which may include X-rays or MRI scans to confirm the presence and specific location of the herniated disc.

Based on the findings, the chiropractor will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the patient’s specific condition and symptoms.

This plan could include a combination of manual adjustments, massage therapy, and other modalities designed to relieve pressure on the herniated disc and surrounding areas.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments, or spinal manipulation, are the cornerstone of chiropractic care for slipped discs.

These adjustments help to realign the spine and can reduce the pressure on the herniated disc and nerve roots.

By restoring proper alignment to the spine, chiropractic care can help decrease inflammation, reduce nerve irritability, and improve mobility.

This method not only helps relieve the pain associated with a slipped disc but also facilitates the body’s natural healing processes.

Flexion-Distraction Technique

One specific chiropractic technique used for slipped disc treatment is the flexion-distraction technique.

This involves using a specialized table that gently stretches the spine. This motion helps to isolate the affected area while flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm.

The goal is to pull the disc back away from the nerve, reducing inflammation and pain. This technique is highly effective and is usually pain-free.

Therapeutic Exercises

In addition to adjustments, chiropractors often prescribe specific exercises designed to help strengthen the muscles around the spine, providing better support and preventing future issues with slipped discs.

These exercises improve the range of motion and can help keep the spine in proper alignment.

Strengthening the core muscles, in particular, can alleviate the pressure on the spine by providing more support, thereby preventing additional strain on the discs.

Lifestyle Advice and Ergonomic Recommendations

Part of chiropractic care involves counseling patients on lifestyle choices that can impact their condition.

For patients with a slipped disc, this might include advice on proper body mechanics to avoid further damage or exacerbating the condition.

Chiropractors can provide valuable tips on how to sit, stand, and move throughout the day.

Ergonomic adjustments at the workplace or home can be recommended to help minimize the risk of recurrent disc issues.

Nutritional Counseling

Nutrition plays a key role in overall spinal health. Chiropractors can offer nutritional counseling aimed at reducing inflammation and providing the nutrients necessary to support disc health.

This may include increasing intake of water, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients known to help reduce inflammation and support tissue healing.

If you’re suffering from a slipped disc, chiropractic care offers a viable, effective option for managing your symptoms and improving your quality of life.

At Hughes Chiropractic & Massage, we are committed to providing our patients with personalized care that addresses not just the symptoms but also the root causes of their spinal issues.

Our goal is to help you return to a full and active life without pain.

To learn more about chiropractic care in Renton, WA call Hughes Chiropractic & Massage today at (425) 728-2520 to schedule an appointment.

How Do Our Patients Feel About Us?
  • "I absolutely love getting adjusted by Dr. Hughes!!! The relief I feel instantly afterwards is incredible! Dr. Hughes is so caring and thoughtful, I really appreciate her, and her ability to ease my back and neck pain. The staff is always so nice, helpful and welcoming! Also, Jeannie Anderst, is really great at massages, I appreciate her help and kindness."

    - Sharon R.
  • "I’m so glad I chose Dr. Hughes for treatment. I felt better immediately and she is very good at what she does. We agreed to a modest treatment plan and there never any pressure to add anything unnecessary. Great experience."

    - Tim F.
  • "Dr. Hughes has helped me immensely with my pain and range of motion. I never though it would be possible to go about my day without some occurrence of neck or back pain and I’m happy to say that is not true!! I referred my sister and I would refer anyone else out there in need of a chiropractor!"

    - Annelise Z.
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