January 23, 2024

Finding Relief: Chiropractic Care for Spinal Disc Issues

Dr. Ben Dyer
Dr. Ben Dyer
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Disc herniations, bulges, and other spinal disc issues are prevalent conditions that can have a profound effect on an individual's overall well-being and daily functioning. These types of spinal disc problems can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the affected area. They can also lead to limitations in movement and activities, making it difficult for individuals to engage in their usual routines, perform as athletes and enjoy a good quality of life.

At ATLAS, we specialise in natural and non-invasive chiropractic care to improve your well-being. Chiropractic care treats the body as a whole, not just individual parts. Our philosophy goes beyond providing immediate symptom relief, whether it is back pain, spinal disc issues or any other problem you may have. We delve into the root causes of your health issues, working with you through chiropractic care and lifestyle and habit upgrades, empowering you to take control of your health.

Explore the importance of spinal discs, and the challenges presented by slipped discs, and learn how our chiropractors play a crucial role in offering effective solutions.

Unveiling the Basics of Spinal Discs:

What are spinal discs?

In the spine, there is a disc between each vertebra, which acts as a shock absorber. These intervertebral discs, filled with gel-like fluid, provide flexibility to the spine. The spinal cord, a bundle of nerves connecting the brain to the body's nerves, is surrounded and protected by the vertebrae and discs.

What are different spinal disc problems?

Spinal disc problems include:

  • Herniated disc (also known as a slipped or prolapsed disc) - This occurs when the inner gel-like material bulges out of a disc and may cause nerve-related issues.
  • Degenerative disc disease - This is the weakening of the disc structure, often accelerated through bad posture and associated with spinal ageing.
  • Infection of a disc (also known as discitis) - This is when your spinal disc becomes infected.

What are the symptoms of spinal disc problems?

Symptoms of spinal disc problems can vary but commonly include back pain. The specific location and type of pain depend on the affected disc. For instance, if a disc in your neck is affected, you may experience neck pain. A prolapsed disc can cause sudden onset pain that improves with rest, although some individuals may not experience any pain. Nerve pain can occur if the affected disc is pressing on a nerve, resulting in shooting, stabbing, or electric shock-like pain along the pathway of the nerve. Sciatica, a common type of nerve pain caused by disc problems, manifests as pain along the back of the leg due to pressure on the sciatic nerve. Additionally, pressure on the nerve can lead to numbness or weakness in the leg.

What causes spinal disc problems?

As you age, the disc in your spine weakens, hardens, and becomes thinner.

A herniated disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc tears, causing the gel to leak out. This can happen due to injury, such as lifting something heavy and putting pressure on the disc. It can also be caused by age-related changes.

Factors that increase the risk of disc problems include:

  • Age: 30 to 50 years
  • Heavy lifting without proper posture
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Previous injury or infection in the spine

The Healing Touch of Chiropractic Care:

Chiropractic care becomes a powerful ally in addressing spinal disc concerns by harnessing the body's innate ability to heal. Movement is considered a form of medicine for the body, and at ATLAS, our chiropractors specialize in natural treatments for slipped discs. We employ specific chiropractic techniques designed to influence spinal disc pressure, promoting positive relief and recovery.

Chiropractic Solutions for Disc Herniations:

Studies have emphasized the efficacy of treatments like chiropractic adjustments, surpassing alternatives such as spinal injections for disc issues. Our approach involves reducing stress within the discs, enhancing spinal movement, and ensuring clear pathways for nerves, all contributing to improved well-being and accelerated healing.

As disc-related challenges often arise due to ageing-related wear and tear, proactive measures are essential. Regular exercise, maintaining proper posture, and incorporating routine chiropractic screenings and adjustments play pivotal roles in preserving spinal disc health.


Q: Can chiropractic care help with herniated discs?

A: Yes, chiropractic care, including specific adjustments, is effective in providing relief for herniated discs by reducing pressure and promoting natural healing.

Q: How long does it take to see results from chiropractic treatment for spinal disc issues?

A: The timeline varies for each individual, but many people experience positive changes after a few sessions. Consistency in chiropractic care contributes to long-term relief.

Q: Are chiropractic adjustments safe for spinal disc issues?

A: Yes, when performed by qualified chiropractors, adjustments are generally safe and can be tailored to address spinal disc issues with precision and care.


Recognising that surgery or injections are not the only solutions for spinal disc issues, ATLAS provides a natural and effective path to greater well-being.  Studies affirm that individuals with disc herniations often experience superior and longer-lasting pain relief through chiropractic adjustments.

If you're seeking alternative or holistic treatments for spinal disc issues, our doors are open at ATLAS.

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