Myth versus reality
There are several misconceptions about chiropractic treatment for a slipped disc. Myth: A chiropractor pops the disc back into place
Reality: A chiropractor does not apply forceful jerks to the back, which could cause even more damage to the disc, nerves, and spine. Instead, he follows a protocol of gentle, low-force techniques to manipulate the disc in a far more conservative manner. Flexion-distraction is a common chiropractic technique for treating disc injuries. This painless method gently stretches the spine so that the chiropractor has better access to the injured area. He palpates the area, moving the disc from the nerve. Flexion-distraction reduces the nerve inflammation and allows the disc to regain its proper position.
Pelvic blocking is another chiropractic treatment that delivers results for some patients with disc injuries. Cushioned wedges are placed under each side of the patient’s pelvis. The chiropractor uses a combination of low force and gravity to gently pull the disc away from the nerve where it is putting pressure. Myth: Chiropractic is a quick fix
Reality: A chiropractic protocol for a slipped disc requires more than a few treatments in order to deliver lasting relief. Flexion-distraction, for example, often requires 10 to 12 sessions, with occasional follow-up to ensure continued health. Pelvic blocking will provide noticeable relief after as few as six or eight treatments but, as with flexion-distraction, requires a series of follow-up treatments and analysis to ensure the problem has been corrected. To be truly effective, a holistic program of treatment, stretching exercises, and even adjusting lifestyle factors that contributed to the condition need to be integrated for the patient with a herniated disc. Not every patient is ideally suited for this conservative, non-invasive protocol, but chiropractic has proven to be an exceptional alternative to surgery for many individuals. http://chirosports.com.au/clinics/coogee