When working to keep your spine healthy, we want to address the discs, or the cushion between each vertebrae. Sometimes the disc can bulge from too much pressure or even spill out in which case it is considered a herniated disc.
A herniated disc may also be referred to as a slipped disc or a ruptured disc. This can be caused by wear and tear or an injury.
An MRI can confirm a herniated disc. However, many people will recognize the symptoms of back pain or shooting pain, but symptoms can vary from person to person. Regardless, it is always better to be proactive when it comes to your health. The spine is degenerative in nature, so taking action as early as possible is wise.
Collagen is required to repair and restore damaged soft tissues such as the disc and surrounding ligaments. You can find collagen in bone broth which is very easy to make and inexpensive! Throw some bones in a slow cooker. Add water and a Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Keep in on low for 24 hours and you’re good to go. It’s easy and freezable! You could also use supplemental form. I use one from Great Lakes Gelatin Co. that’s hot or cold liquid soluble. For a herniated disc, two to three servings a day are typically recommended.
Foods rich with antioxidants are also recommended for herniated discs. Examples of these foods are blueberries, blackberries, and artichokes. Anti-inflammatory foods and/or supplements also will speed the healing process for herniated discs. Examples of these include turmeric, omega-3 fish oil, and an overall whole-food diet.
Exercise and Movement
With a herniated disc, it is critical that posture is addressed. Herniated discs can stem from a loss of normal curvature in the spine. For example, a forward head posture can lead to loss of the normal curve and make you prone to a herniated disc in the neck. Specific exercises can be prescribed for the area of the spine in trouble. At Relief Plus Chiropractic, we can also work to incorporate traction to the spine along with therapies to help hydrate the discs.
Get Corrective Chiropractic Care
Of course corrective chiropractic care can be highly beneficial to a herniated disc. Corrective care, or a series of adjustments to help retrain the spine and its movement can help get the pressure off of the disc and facilitate healing.
A herniated disc may touch neighboring nerves which can cause pain and symptoms. A chiropractic adjustment will help allow the nerves to transmit without interference.