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How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help
a Herniated Disc

Our spinal columns are intriguing and complex structures made up of interlocking muscles, fibers, ligaments, and spongy shock absorbers in between each spine vertebrae. It’s these spongey structures or spinal discs, that play such an important role in keeping our spines supple and flexible.

How to Treat the Herniated DiscThe discs in our spines can deteriorate over time from age and wear and tear. The discs can also tear or rupture due to a trauma or injury. This is known as a herniated disc. Sometimes you’ll also hear medical doctors refer to this condition as a “bulging disc”, or a “ruptured disc”.

The spinal discs have a tough outer layer, but within the disc there is a gel-like substance. Any damage to that outer layer, and the disc may bulge, or break open. Often this will cause the disc to press on the spinal nerves.

Since the nerves and spine are so complex, the symptoms of a herniated disc can vary. If there is little damage to the disc, there may be little or no pain. But if the damage is significant, it can result in severe low back or neck pain. The pain can lead to sciatica, a burning pain that radiates down the buttocks into the legs.

Some patients have equated the pain from herniated disc to the feeling of an electric shock. There may also be a “pins and needles” sensation, or tingling and numbness. Sometimes the pain is accompanied by muscle weakness as well. In rare cases a patient may experience bowel or bladder problems. This is a medical emergencyand a patient experiencing these extreme symptoms should see a doctor immediately.

Herniated disc treatment

advising rest and limited physical activity. Ice packs may provide immediate pain relief, and help relax stressed muscles. If these changes don’t bring improvement, the next step is usually anti-inflammatory medications, progressing to oral steroids, narcotics, and steroid injections to the spine.

For people looking for a safe, alternative herniated disc treatment, chiropractic care tops the list. During a chiropractic visit, Dr. Mixon properly adjusts the spine to correct any spinal misalignments. This treatment alone can provide dramatic pain relief. However in many cases, Dr. Mixon will also recommend Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a specialized treatment with a proven record of success for patients with herniated or bulging discs. The ideal conditions provided by this advanced therapy give the body a chance to heal. Here is what one spinal decompression patient had to say about her husband’s experience, “Both my husband and I have bad backs. When we came in to see Dr. Mixon, I could barely walk because of the pain. Once we were done with the decompression machine and adjustments, it was like we had new backs and could walk out with a pep in our step ” – R & S Salicos, Watauga, TX

If you have or suspect you have a herniated disc, or have been diagnosed with sciatica, give our Garland chiropractic office a call. Our advanced treatment options can help you get back to enjoying life faster than you thought possible!

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Spinal Decompression: The Answer to Back Pain? | Garland Chiropractors

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive and non-surgical method of treating certain types of back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently and gradually decompressing the spine to take the pressure off inflamed discs and nerves. It has been one of the most effective medical breakthroughs to come in many years as it exhibited good long-term results for chronic back pain relief.

Benefits of spinal decompression therapy

The most common cause of back pain treated with spinal decompression is a herniated disc.representation of a herniated disc Pressure on the spine can cause herniated discs to bulge and push against surrounding spinal nerves and tissues. Decompression releases the pressure off the injured discs to reduce the disc bulge.

Degenerative disc problems are also treated with spinal decompression therapy. An injured disc can be further irritated by spinal compression which causes the vertebrae to move closer together. This can lead to nerve root and tissue compression which cause various forms of back pain. Decompression gets rid of the intense pressure on damaged discs to reduce or remove painful symptoms.

Facet joint syndrome is another back condition subjected to spinal decompression treatment. Of all back conditions, however, this one exhibits less than perfect results for long-term back pain relief. Facet joint syndrome induces pain because of the onset of arthritis in the lower vertebral bones. Decompression widens the gaps between the vertebral bones which may possibly reduce back pain.

How spinal decompression treatment is performed

In actual practice, the treatment involves a series of closely supervised distraction forces to help bring the spine back to its proper alignment, therefore decreasing pressure on the injured discs. In between distraction periods, a brief rest period is allowed to the patient. While treatment may take several weeks to complete, some patients have noted pain relief after only a few sessions.

The patient’s exact position during a decompression session depends largely on the nature of their back condition. For instance, decompressing the lower back requires patients to lie either on their stomachs or on their backs on the decompression table. However, in cases which involve the neck or upper spine region, patients are usually laid on their backs. In all sessions, supporting straps and pads are held in place to keep the patient in the right position during treatment.

Unlike other types of back therapy, spinal decompression patients may remain fully clothed while treatments are administrated. Most decompression calls for the use of a pelvic harness and, at times, a thoracic harness. These straps run along the stomach and chest area to hold the patient in the proper position. At the onset, the chiropractor will make patient-specific sets of treatments depending on the back condition present. This set of treatment is captured and saved for reference in future sessions.

Along with using distraction to decompress pinched discs, spinal decompression treatments can also make use of ultrasound, apply heat or cold to excite or relax the muscles in the spinal region, or perhaps some electric stimulation devices. The sequence in which these measures are used depends mostly on the degree of pressure on the spine as well as the location of the patient’s pain.

Inversion tables; At home treatment for herniated disc pain

Inversion tables are a medical wonder. However, they are not often talked about in medical circles as they don’t involve drugs or surgery. It is a highly recommended device for relieving back pain. Apart from spinal decompression, mild inversion could be a beneficial part of your treatment. Sticking to this routine will further free your back from pain.

Consult your Garland chiropractor

Consult your Garland chiropractor about spinal decompression and inversion tables. Many sufferers have successfully conquered their back pain through professional chiropractic care. This treatment is not only best for back pain, herniated discs, and neck pain; it can also be used in relieving various medical conditions such as headaches, asthma, colic, and ADHD. What’s more, chiropractic care can improve the body’s immune system to make it more resistant to diseases and illnesses.

Our Garland chiropractors can be reached by calling (972) 840-2520. Garland residents and those in the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth Area will find us conveniently located.

To learn more about Spinal Decompression in Garland, TX and other therapies for patients with herniated discs, bulging discs or ruptured discs, please return to our Home Page.