Thursday, December 25, 2014

Las Vegas Chiropractor Alleviates Slipped Disc Pain Safely

By Rae Patricio

Certainly some of the most common problems seen by chiropractors these days are disc-related. Slipped discs (or bulging or herniated discs, depending on which terminology is used) can be a source of considerable pain and discomfort for many sufferers. A Henderson NV chiropractor is able to alleviate disc-related symptoms in safe, natural ways that do not rely on drugs or surgery.

Although discs can become displaced at any part of the spine, they most often do so in the lumbar (lower) or cervical (upper/neck) parts. The discs sit between each vertebrae and contain a soft nucleus within a fibrous outer shell. If this outer part becomes torn, the nucleus can protrude outwards and press on the spinal nerves and produce pain, numbness, weakness and tingling.

Fortunately, chiropractors have a good number of effective ways to deal with these issues. The exact intervention given will be tailored to each patient and his or her specific problem. For straightforward pain relief, heat applications (from an infra-red or ultrasound device or heat wrap) can provide excellent results.

Heat can penetrate through tissues, relaxing them, easing tension and increasing blood flow. This can produce a very welcome bout of relief for many patients. The improved blood flow also aids healing by providing more oxygen to injuries and carrying away waste matter.

To aid pain relief and disc healing in the longer-term, chiropractors will often apply manipulation of the spine. This is a method of correcting any displacements of the vertebrae by pressing them back into position. When the spine once again has it's correct shape, any undue pressure on its structure is relieved.

Also, when the spine's vertebrae are correctly aligned, any herniated discs will be drawn back into their correct position. This will take the disc (s) away from the spinal nerves and also facilitate the healing process. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a year depending on the individual.

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