When a spinal joint's normal range of motion and it's softness and fluid is reduced a healthy disc deteriorates. Healthy discs have a spongy, soft, flexible and moist characteristic almost like a wet sponge. An unhealthy disc is like a dry, brittle and cracked sponge. Mobility is reduced. Injury or trauma to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or even rupture. This can be painful and add pressure to nerves.
Approach to disc problems is to help restore better motion and position to the spinal joint. We work on creating a reduction in disc bulging and reduced inflammation. We can achieve good results with disc injuries, albeit that clients with disc injuries may often present in the first instance with a significant amount of distress. Treatment commonly involves stabilisation of acute inflammation first followed by muscle release and spinal adjustments. As the condition stabilises and improves rehabilitation, stretching and strengthening exercises are often included in treatment protocol.