Do You Have a Bulging Disc?
By Sara Butler
Back pain can have a lot of causes but one of the most common is back pain from bulging spinal discs. These discs help to cushion the bones of your spine and absorb impact. When one is bulging, it can press on structures surrounding the spine, including nerves, that can result in pain. Some people may have no symptoms with a bulging disc, while others can experience a myriad of symptoms, from tingling and burning sensations to shooting pain.
The chiropractors at The Joint are here to help your spine function optimally. The good news is that you can prevent future bulges or full disc herniations as well as treat current disc bulges by making a few easy changes to your lifestyle.
Watch Your Weight
As you get older, it’s important to reach and maintain a healthy weight in order to keep your spinal discs healthy. Extra weight puts stress and strain on the discs. But maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge since your metabolism slows down as you get older. In fact, it slows down about 5 percent every decade after you turn 40.
You can maintain a healthy weight as you get older with exercise and strength training to help rebuild muscles and keep your metabolism humming along.
See the Chiropractor
The chiropractors at The Joint can diagnose and treat bulging discs, but most importantly, they can identify the underlying causes of the bulging disc and help you address them to prevent problems in the future. Targeted adjustments to remove joint dysfunction and restrictions can help restore normal function and keep your spinal discs healthy.
The chiropractor can also show you stretches and exercises that further strengthen the muscles that support a healthy spine.
Think about Posture
If you spend a lot of time sitting during the day, then you need to put some thought into your posture. Make sure to have a supportive chair, take a break at least once per hour to get up and move around a little, and check your posture frequently so you catch yourself slumping forward.
Chronic inflammation can damage your immune system and cause your bones to weaken, making disc problems more prevalent. Inflammation by itself won’t cause a bulging disc, but it can make recovery more difficult. So try to eat an anti-inflammatory diet full of healthy fats, probiotics, dark green vegetables, and lean protein to help you stay healthy.
If you're worried you have a bulging disc, come talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Albuquerque, N.M.