Chiropractic care for a herniated disc
Care for hernia problems
The hernia is clearly one of the most common complaints that we are allowed to help people with in our practice.
Hernia problems are very common and also very persistent. In the Netherlands many thousands of people suffer from a hernia. All these patients have the same reason for the complaints; the entrapment of a nerve in the spine.
We would like to inform you about our care in case of herniated disc complaints. At the bottom of this article you can read how we care for people with a hernia.
THE ROLE OF THE CHIROPRACTOR
The chiropractor is not only involved in complaints, precisely
the prevention of complaints is the specialty of chiropractic.
First of all, What is a Hernia?
The spine is made up of vertebrae that provide strength to the back and protection to the spinal cord. Between the vertebrae are soft discs that absorb pressure and thus make the spine more flexible and ensure that vertebrae do not rub against each other. These discs are called the intervertebral discs.
With a herniated disc, there is a bulging of the soft part of such an intervertebral disc. The contents of the disc then press on a nerve, causing symptoms.
We regularly see that subluxations are a preliminary stage of a hernia. This subluxation can weaken the vertebral discs and thus provoke a hernia.
What are the symptoms of a hernia?
The most common complaint with a herniated disc is back pain that often radiates to the legs. In addition to pain, there is often tingling, stiffness and sometimes loss of function.
The back pain occurs in the region around the actual hernia but can also occur higher or lower down. People often report that the pain gets worse while sitting or standing and that some specific postures reduce the pain.
A characteristic of the symptoms of herniated disc is that postures in which the vertebrae are given a lot of space (for example, lying prone) produce the least pain and symptoms.
What can you do yourself against a hernia?
A hernia therefore involves entrapment of nerves in or adjacent to the spine. There are a number of things you can do yourself to give the nerves more space.
Make sure you get enough, quiet exercise. Often cycling and swimming are very suitable. This keeps your muscles flexible. In addition, good posture while working, watching television, sleeping, etc. is very important. A good posture reduces the strain on your back.
Obviously it is not wise to sit in a car for hours with a herniated disc or to do heavy physical work.
Our Care in Hernia Disorders
The chiropractor has even more options in his arsenal. Our anatomical knowledge and years of experience provide targeted help.
We can use manual manipulations to give your vertebrae extra space. This ensures that the entrapment becomes less.
When the entrapment decreases, the symptoms will diminish and there will be more possibilities for further healing. It is then important to strengthen the muscles around the spine through targeted exercises so they further relieve the back.
Besides these physical interventions, often more is needed for optimal health. It may be that certain habits in the area of nutrition, work, behavior, etc. cause additional vulnerability.
Together with you we will therefore not only look at the area of the hernia, but we will also dig deeper for possible triggering factors.
Our goal is not to suppress the symptoms but to give the body the chance to repair itself again.