Disc Herniations

Benefits of chiropractic care for herniated discs

Correct the curves of the spine
Help prevent further degeneration of the spine
Prevent back surgeries and pain medication
Alleviate pressure on the discs and the affected nerves


When there are herniated discs in the lumbar spine, it can cause some of these common symptoms: back pain, numbness, sciatica, loss of strength, pins and needles.
If the discs in the cervical spine are affected it can produce several symptoms such as: neck pain, headaches, dizziness, loss of strength and numbness in the arms and hands, pins and needles.

What causes disc herniations and protrusions?

A loss of the normal curves in the spine can cause the body to become unbalanced and the body weight to be unevenly distributed which in turn will cause the vertebrae to misalign putting extra tension on the vertebral discs, which causes weakening and degenerating. They can also be caused by improper movements, falls, or excessive forces due to accidents.

When the discs, which separate one vertebra from another, degenerates, it can affect the spinal cord itself or the nerves surrounding the disc. The disc can deform, tear or even rupture.

What causes disc herniations and protrusions?

1. Reduce Disc pressure

Alleviate the pressure on the surrounding nerves which are being pinched by the herniated discs.

2. Long term solution for disc herniations

Without correcting the affected disc(s), the most probable long term remedy will be surgery which is why chiropractic care is highly recommended to prevent future degeneration.

3. Correct alignment of the cervical vertebrae

By restoring the correct alignment of the spine and spinal curvature this will relax the ligaments and muscles of the spine which decreasing migraines and headaches.

4. Postural and ergonomic advice

Proper advice on how to sitting and moving is essential for a healthier spine.

Studies show: Chiropractic adjustments help improve disc herniations.

Reference from JMPT.

“This study suggests that it is possible to restore lumbar lordosis..”

Reference from JMPT.
2010 Oct;33(8):576-84

“Sixty percent of patients with sciatica who had failed other medical management benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention. Of 40% left unsatisfied, subsequent surgical intervention confers excellent outcome. ”