Chances are we’ve all experienced back pain at one point in our lives, so we know that it is no joke. Back pain can be debilitating, and pain caused from a herniated disc, often referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, can be overwhelming.
What is a herniated disc?
Our spines are made up of vertebrae (the individual bones) and discs (the rubbery cushions in between the vertebrae). The spinal discs are made up of a soft center surrounded by a harder exterior. A herniated disc occurs when there is a tear in the exterior, pushing the soft interior out. This can result in irritation of the surrounding nerves, causing pain, numbness, and/or weakness in an arm or leg.
What causes a disc to tear?
Disc herniation is most commonly a result of age-related wear and tear called disc degeneration. Our spinal discs lose water content as we get older, causing them to be less flexible and more likely to rupture. Though the most common cause is age, obesity, genetics, and repetitive manual labor can also play a role in disc herniation.
How can you find herniated disc pain relief?
Most of the time pain relief can be found without surgery. Here are a few things to try to alleviate the pain:
- Physical Therapy – Physical therapists can help you find back pain relief by giving you stretches and exercises specifically aimed at minimizing the discomfort of a herniated disc.
- Chiropractic Care – Chiropractors perform what is called a spinal adjustment, which has been known to alleviate lower back pain.
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture has shown results in easing back and neck pain. Don’t worry, you barely even notice that you look like a sci-fi villain.
- Massage – Finally, an excuse to get that spa day you’ve been dreaming of! Though the relief can be temporary, massage therapy can ease back pain.
- Yoga – Yoga is effective when it comes to relieving chronic back pain. Yoga incorporates stretching and core-strengthening exercises that do wonders for herniated disc pain relief.
At Arkansas Pioneer, we offer chiropractic care, as well as spinal disc decompression therapy. This state-of-the-art technology is completely painless, and extremely efficient. The therapy creates a negative pressure and gently opens up the spine, relieving pressure. This not only relieves the pressure on the discs, but it also allows the discs to rehydrate and restore. Call us today for a free consultation!