Herniated Disc Treatments

Dr. Jason Golightley and the team at Golightley Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Midland, TX, offer customized herniated disc treatments to ensure every patient achieves relief.

Herniated Discs and Chiropractic Care

Herniated discs are a common source of back and neck pain. Though they don’t always create symptoms, when they do, those symptoms can be excruciating. In the guide below, Dr. Golightley and the team at Golightley Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Midland, TX, explain herniated discs, their causes and symptoms, and how chiropractic herniated disc treatments can provide natural relief.

Herniated Discs: What They Are and What Causes Them

If you’ve ever wondered how your spinal bones don’t rub together, it’s because there are cushions called spinal discs sitting between them. They have a tough exterior, but the inner filling is much softer and more pliable, which allows them to cushion the bones and absorb shock.

Various issues in the back, especially spinal misalignment, can cause the discs to sustain too much pressure. Typically, that pressure leads to a tear in the outer casing and the pliable filling to leak out. Though this may not cause symptoms, the filling often leaks onto the surrounding nerves and creates pain, numbness, tingling, and burning.

In some cases, accidents, like car collisions or falls, are responsible for this undue pressure on the discs. However, it’s most often due to consistent habits, such as bad posture and repetitive lifting.

Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs

Chiropractic care focuses on getting to the root of the problem and eliminating it. In the case of herniated discs, this means removing the unnecessary pressure from the impacted disc, beginning with restoring alignment to the spine through adjustments.

Therapeutic exercises are also highly effective. These include targeted movements that help create space in the spinal column, improve blood flow to the discs, and restore range of motion.

Various soft tissue techniques are also utilized, such as electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound. Such techniques help relieve tension that is often created when a herniated disc is present. They also improve the flow of blood, oxygen, and healing nutrients to the discs, which stimulates healing.

Your chiropractor can also provide personalized recommendations for steps you can take at home. These often include things like practicing better posture, stretching daily, and practicing proper lifting techniques, depending on which factors have contributed to your pain.

Experience personalized care through natural, effective herniated disc treatments by visiting Dr. Golightley at Golightley Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Midland, TX. Call (432) 247-1363 to schedule an appointment today.

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