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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas Harvey

How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Herniated Disc

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

The spine is one of the essential organs of the body. Practically, all the other parts of the body have a connection with the spine. It is made up of discs that are protected by a rubber-like membrane. When one of the discs breaks out of this membrane, it results in herniated disc condition. The problem can be triggered by subjecting your spine to extreme and sudden pressure in situations such as trauma or fall, lifting heavy things, or excessive bending. Besides, old age can be a contributing factor to the development of herniated disc.


Sometimes, a person suffering from a herniated disc may have no symptoms and will require medical intervention to detect the problem. However, it can cause excruciating pain on your lower back. A herniated disc can also aggravate a spinal nerve, hence, triggering neurological symptoms such as weakness in your legs, numbness, and numbness.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Herniated Disc

A herniated disc can make your life uncomfortable hence requires urgent treatment. Chiropractic care is one of the best approaches to fix a herniated disc. It restores the disc without surgery, making an excellent option for people looking for less invasive treatment options. The following are procedures that a chiropractor professional will undertake you through when you visit them:

Take Your Medical History

When you visit a chiropractor, they will want to understand your medical history first. They will ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing and whether you have had a herniated disc before. This is meant to determine the treatment approach to take.


The specialist will then assess the herniated disc and your spinal health. A chiropractor is trained to carry out a safe and efficient assessment of your spine. After this, they will choose the chiropractic care to administer to you to fix the herniated disc.


The following are some of the herniated disc treatment options a chiropractic specialist will recommend and administer to you:

  • Spinal Traction

Also known as flexion distraction, this treatment procedure is done on a specialized table. The process stretches out the spine and the back, which helps to manipulate your back into its normal position. The chiropractor specialist will use a gentle pumping rhythm to work the affected area and shift the misaligned disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation and pain. Besides, this technique clears numbness and pain on your leg. The process is soothing and painless.

  • Pelvic Blocking

This chiropractic herniated treatment entails the patient lying on a table, and then cushioned wedges are placed under the pelvis. The cushions are meant to adjust the posture of the discs and spine. The specialist may add weight to your lower abdomen to extend the stretch and open up the affected area. This treatment is gentle and will not cause pain.

  • Self-management

Your specialist will follow up with education and self-management guidelines to support the chiropractic treatment they have administered. It will help you ease pain and have a proper posture, which will benefit the long run.

Chiropractic care for herniated discs is effective and safe. It also improves your overall health and quality of life without subjecting you to medications or surgical procedures.

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