Herniated discs are one of the most common, but uncomfortable, back problems chiropractors help correct. These discs sit between the vertebrae of the spine and can cause nerve irritation when it begins to tear. A herniated disc can occur in any area of the spine and most often result in either pain or numbness in the limbs. The good news is that more often than not, there are natural ways to find relief.
The Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
The most common place a herniated disc tends to occur is within the lower lumbar region of the back. However, they can occur anywhere in the spine, including the neck. The resulting pain or other symptoms will depend on which disc is affected and how it is pressing on a nerve. The most common type of symptom is either pain or tingling in the limbs. Muscle weakness is another noticeable side effect. However, there have been some cases in which no symptoms occurred.
Unexpected Ways to Get One and Prevention
You don’t have to be heavy lifting or training for a marathon to suffer from a herniated disc. In fact, more often than not, it’s the simplest of things that can through our spines out of alignment. The most unexpected ways people have gotten one are:
- Bending over to tie their shoes
- Shaving their legs
- Hula Hooping
- Lifting groceries, workbags, or other miscellaneous items
The best ways to prevent a herniated disc include exercising, practicing good posture, and maintaining a healthy weight.
There are a number of things you can do to help heal a herniated disc naturally. Incorporating more collagen into your diet is a great place to start. Collagen is a crucial component to help heal and repair the delicate tissues in the spine. Bone broth, supplements, and collagen protein powders are all great ways to incorporate more collagen into the diet.
Find Relief from a Herniated Disc with Zock Family Chiropractic
If you or someone you know who is suffering a herniated disc, adding chiropractic care may be the natural preventative treatment you need. If you would like more insight into optimizing your body, Dr. Zock would love to discuss your thoughts and concerns. She can evaluate your body mechanics and help you decide what natural methods are best for your specific pain relief! Contact our office in Cranberry to schedule an introductory session and provide you with a happy and healthy fall season!