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Visiting a Franklin chiropractor for complaints of neck and back pain is not uncommon.  Most back and neck pain can easily be relieved with gentle and consistent chiropractic adjustments.  However, in extreme cases such as herniated discs, an individual’s health become an even bigger concern that requires more attention.

What Is a Herniated Disc and What Causes It?

A herniated disc occurs when the rubber pad between the vertebra slips out of place and presses up against a nerve, causing excruciating pain.  Certain types of movements or accidents can cause this to happen, such as getting into a car wreck, twisting incorrectly, overstretching, a sports injury, heavy lifting, or even just getting older.  Not only is a herniated disc painful, but it also affects quality of life in that it becomes harder to perform day-to-day activities.  If you are having a hard time keeping up with your daily activities due to herniated disc pain, know that a Franklin chiropractor can help reduce the pain so that you can get back to living life again.  In fact, four trials were conducted to show the benefits of chiropractic care on reducing herniated disc pain.  Out of these four trials, three showed conclusive results that chiropractic care does indeed aid in decreasing the pain.

How Does Chiropractic Alleviate Pain?

Many people feel that seeking chiropractic care for herniated disc pain will only exacerbate their problem, but this is simply not the case.  Chiropractic is actually one of the safest and most natural ways to manage pain of all kinds, and that includes herniated disc pain.  Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman will assess the spine and then gently adjust problem areas as needed with the utmost skill, gentleness, and precision.  Specialized techniques are used to ensure you are receiving quality care.

When the spine is out of alignment, communication between the brain and the rest of the body is interfered with.  Nerve interference doesn’t allow for proper function of the body, which in turn leads to pain.  What most also people don’t realize is that inflammation of the spine due to a misalignment of the spine only further increases pain levels.  Removing a misalignment will reduce inflammation and remove nerve interference so that the body is functioning at optimal levels of health.  One example of this can be seen in the case study of a group of people with herniated disc pain who sought chiropractic care rather than resorting to a spinal block or invasive surgery.  After five weeks of consistent adjustments, their pain subsided so much that they no longer needed surgery for herniated disc pain.

Do Other Methods of Managing Pain Work?

Doctors recommend a variety of methods for managing herniated disc pain.  One of the most common methods is prescription medication.  This may help mask the pain for the time being, but it is only a “quick fix” that covers up the pain but doesn’t correct the root issue.  In more extreme cases, surgery is recommended.  But surgery can be very invasive and requires a longer recovery time.  Before resorting to these last-ditch efforts that may or may not help, turn to Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic to see for yourself how chiropractic care can help manage herniated disc pain.

 

Sources

Hincapie, C.A., Cassidy, J.D., Cote, P., Rampersaud, Y.R., Jadad, A.R., Tomlinson, G.A. “Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation and the Risk for Acute Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Belief Elicitation Study.” European Spine Journal, 2017: 1-9. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00586-017-5295-0.

Murphy, J., Morrison, T., Floyd, R., Alcantara, J. “Improvement in a Patient with Disc Protrusion and Extruded Fragment Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2015 Nov: 178-183. https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2017/09/04/improvement-in-a-patient-with-disc-protrusion-and-extruded-fragment-following-subluxation-based-chiropractic-care-a-case-study-selective-review-of-the-literature/.

Snelling, N. “Spinal Manipulation in Patients with Disc herniation: A Critical Review of Risk and Benefit.” International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2006 Sept; 9(3): 77-84. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1746068906000964