One of the most common musculoskeletal conditions of the spine is a disc herniation, often referred to as a bulging, ruptured, or slipped disc. Whether caused by an injury, excessive strain, or aging, a herniated disc can cause moderate to severe pain, among other symptoms. Spinal decompression therapy with your chiropractor in Littleton is one of the most effective methods for treating a bulging disc.


What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression works through specific, controlled, computerized mechanical traction applied to the spine, achieving decompression at a specific disc level. The procedure is performed gently by your Littleton chiropractor through specific and incremental separation of the vertebrae, creating a vacuum effect within the bulging disc. This negative pressure of vacuum aids in retraction of the herniated, bulging discs relieving sensitive nerve pressure. The therapy also rejuvenates the disc through re-hydrating the disc by bringing in nutrients and water into the disc through the decompressing and vacuuming mechanism. These chiropractic treatments generally take around 20 minutes and are performed anywhere from 1 time per week up to 5 times per week. Most patients will require between 10 and 25 treatments for the best outcome.

If you think you might be suffering from a bulging disc that could be treated with spinal decompression, contact Littleton’s Arne Wellness Center today!

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

A herniation occurs when a spinal disc, the soft jelly-like tissue that cushions the spinal vertebrae, pushes out from the spinal column. This can affect the surrounding nerves and tissues causing other symptoms to develop depending on where the disc herniation occurs. The most common symptoms include:

  • Mild pain or a dull ache in the neck or lower back (if the disc bulge is not pressing on a nerve)
  • Intense, radiating pain in the shoulder, arm, and hand (cervical disc herniation)
  • Intense, radiating pain in the buttock, thigh, and calf (lumbar disc herniation)
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Weakness and/or inability to grip or hold objects  

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to reach out to your chiropractor to begin treatment.

Connect with Your Littleton Chiropractor

If you think you might be suffering from a bulging disc that could be treated with spinal decompression, contact your trusted chiropractor at Arne Wellness Center in Littleton today. We are here to help you heal through safe, effective, and natural methods. Schedule an appointment for chiropractic care or any of our natural medicine treatment methods today.