Discs are the cartilage pads that separate, cushion, and help connect the vertebrae that make up your spinal column. They serve as shock absorbers between each of the vertebrae and are constantly subjected to the pull of gravity and the torque from everyday movement. Disc problems can be the result of genetics, the normal “wear and tear” of aging, and injury.
Disc function is greatly affected by the alignment of the spine and your posture. A structural imbalance, heavy lifting, or repetitive movements can force a disc to bulge, protrude, or herniate, which then can result in contact with the nerves and cause pain.
This common back problem is one we see frequently. We effectively treat this malady by removing the restrictions, correcting postural faults, and returning the spine to its normal range of motion, thereby reducing the pressure on the discs and spinal joints. We also incorporate Active Release Technique, traction, physical therapy as well as strengthening exercises for the abdominal and back muscles. Core stabilization is essential for prevention of subsequent disc problems.