Herniated disc treatment

Dr Muriel Poli´s approach is spinal decompression, by achieving an even distribution of   pressure throughout the spine, with gentle chiropractic treatments for disc hernia to heal and relieve pressure.

For individuals who want herniated disc and sciatica pain relief in Barcelona, without having to use medication or have an alternative to back surgery, this is a wonderful option.

How do we treat a herniated disc?

It all starts with a detailed chiropractic neurological examination and reviewing your diagnostic imaging.

  • Dr Muriel Poli´s approach is spinal decompression, by achieving an even distribution of pressure throughout the discs of the spine. This gentle chiropractic treatment will need to be repeated while your disc heals and pressure is relieved.                                                                                                                                      
  • Posture optimization by providing core muscle strengthening and posture correction exercises.
  • Cold laser therapy to help with nerve inflammation and repair.
  • Learn preventative measures such as new posture correction ergonomic habits and proper lifting techniques.

For individuals who want herniated disc and sciatica pain relief in Barcelona, without having to use medication or have an alternative to back surgery, this is a wonderful option.

What is a Herniated Discs?  

To facilitate movement and to protect your spinal bones from wear & tear, you have cushion like discs between each vertebrae. These “cushions” are made of rings of fibrous cartilage with a “gel-like ball” in the middle designed to absorb shock when you move around. When the cartilage rings of a disc become damaged, the “gel-like ball” can be forced to move backwards or sideways and this creates a bulge or hernia. This can cause substantial pain.

What causes them?

The entire spine works as a mechanical unit, and chronic improper posture can create huge pressure on the discs. We usually see disc damage occur at the points of maximum pressure and where the vertebrae become “stuck”.

Although lumbar hernias are still the leading area of ruptured discs, Dr Muriel Poli believes that “Text Neck Syndrome” is going to compromise neck discs in record numbers. Indeed, a forward neck bending of 45 to 60 degrees, adds 22 to 27 kg more pressure on the neck discs. Nowadays individuals, who work at a computer and teenagers with poor ergonomic posture, are at a greater risk for developing disc problems.

The other common sources of disc damage are trauma, such as a slip and fall, improper lifting technique (twisting at the waist and not bending the knees), repetitive motions involving the spine.

What are the Symptoms of Herniated Discs?

When a disc is herniated, pressure may be placed on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves. In the neck, it may cause severe neck pain, shoulders pain and electrical twitching radiating down one of your arms or numbness and weak muscles.

If a disc in the lower back is herniated, you may feel back pain, muscle weakness or sciatica pain down one or both legs.

The reality is that symptoms alone are not enough to diagnose a disc hernia.