With the exception of the first 2 vertebrae in the neck, there is an intervertebral disc between each vertebra of the spine. These discs act as shock absorbers and provide flexibility for your spine.
Now imagine as you jump up and down, what would happen to the stack of bony vertebrae that make up the spine without the cushioning and support of these discs? Next, move your back from side to side and visualize the give and take of the discs between the vertebrae. Without these discs, your spine couldn’t function.
Your discs are made up of the annulus fibrosus (the tough outer layer) and the nucleus pulposus (which contains a soft, gelatin-like center). When cracks or tears occur in the outer layer of the disc, the material inside of the disc can begin to push out. This first leads to the disc bulging and putting pressure on nerves and/or the spinal cord. If this bulging continues it can lead to a full herniation, which is even more serious.
Many factors can cause a disc to bulge or herniate. The most common reasons are related to extra pressure due to spinal subluxation (misalignment of the vertebrae) and poor posture.
Chiropractic adjustments to these subluxated areas, as well as target spinal re-engineering exercises can help re-establish proper spinal alignment. This alleviates pressure on these discs, allowing for reduction in nerve pressure and any associated pain or symptoms.
Does someone you love have disc related issues? Let our staff know and they will give you a referral packet and new patient exam coupon so your loved one can stop suffering and start healing!