In the past, about the only treatments for a herniated disc involved uncomfortable traction therapy or risky surgery to remove any damaged portion of a disk during the operation. Today, people who suffer the pain and discomfort of a herniated disk may get substantial relief from their symptoms by undergoing a non-surgical spinal decompression therapy by a trained chiropractor knowledgeable about this procedure.

What Happens When a Spinal Disk Becomes Herniated?

The human spine is designed to be somewhat flexible during movement. While the vertebrae that make up the spinal column are hard and supportive, the interior of the individuals disks is filled with soft tissue. This soft tissue is what allows those disks to keep from scraping together causing the actual outer layer of the disk to become worn down over time.

When the inner soft-tissue layer inside of the disk begin to bulge out, this condition is known as a herniated disk. There are a number of causes of a herniated disk, and most patients report pain and discomfort that can become terribly excruciating depending on the location and involvement of the hernia.

Understanding Possible Circumstances Leading Up to a Herniated Disk

Individuals who suffered from a herniated disk longer than the last decade would likely have had to undergo traction therapy that often was done in a hospital setting. If that didn’t work, the surgical spinal decompression operation was often the only alternative other than having to take powerful and addicting pain relieving medications.

It is thought that changes in pressure inside of the disk is the usual cause of the inner soft-tissue herniating out. This often occurs while the person is bending over trying to pick up something or doing another activity that puts the spine out of alignment.

Sometimes, a person hurts their back because the supportive network of surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and other soft tissue structures become weakened. All of this can change the alignment and pressure inside the disks.

How Spinal Decompression Therapy May Help a Herniated Disk

A chiropractor from Denver Chiropractic LLC, explains how targeted spinal decompression therapy may help a herniated disk by gently using pressure to restore the proper position and pressure that created the herniated disk portion in the first place.

Promising studies have shown that patients report symptom relief of up to 86% when undergoing this therapy, and only 55% of patients that opted for traditional traction therapy reported relief.

Contact the friendly representative at Denver Chiropractic, LLC, for more details or to schedule a consultation appointment.