Disc herniation – definition, causes, effects


Our spines are very flexible yet it’s a very important part of our body. It serves as an attachment point for muscles in our body as well as protecting the spinal cord. It also helps anchor the body and creates mobility in the upper body. This is why it is easily prone to injury. A common injury is disc herniation. Today, the blog will cover a brief overview of disc herniation.


Intervertebral discs – description, function, herniation

Our spine consists of 34 moveable vertebrae and in between each vertebra is a soft gelatinous material called the disc. The function of the disc is to help absorb pressure and act as a cushion. This disc consists of tough layers of fiber and a soft gel in the center. A disc herniation can happen anywhere in the spine. It is more commonly located in the lumbar spine and the cervical spine. It is a common injury and can be serious depending on the area. In the lumbar spine, it is most likely from twisting while bending over. In the cervical spine, a disc herniation is usually through sudden strain or a jarring movement.


Located behind the body of the vertebrae and the disc is the spinal cord. Unfortunately, this disc can be ruptured through an abnormal motion of the spine as explained above. That abnormal action causes the fibers of the disc to crack. Once it cracks, it allows the gel-like substance in the center of the disc to leak out. This causes the discs to change shape. There are 4 stages of disc herniation, each level represents the change in the shape of the disc. From least severe shape change to most severe; disc bulge, disc protrusion, disc extrusion and sequestered disc. The severity of shape change is also linear with the level of symptoms and pain. Once the disc shape changes, it impacts and irritates the spinal cord. This is where the experience of numbness, tingling, and radiating pain comes into play. The spinal cord is the center of the nervous system. If that’s disrupted everything below the level of disruption will be impacted as well.


Symptoms of disc herniation

The level of herniation often correlates with the severity of the symptoms. The more severe the herniation the more severe the symptoms. Some less severe symptoms would be local pain, numbness, and tingling down the extremities. The more severe symptoms would include gait alteration, shock-like pain running down into extremities, problematic fine motor skills, loss of bladder control, and losing balance and co-ordination.


Conclusion and recommendation

Disc herniations take a long time to heal. Even in severe cases, surgical intervention is needed. This is because the disc does not get many nutrients as it is mostly cartilage. One thing to do is to do some basic exercises by yourself. We have mentioned exercises previously so check out our Instagram and Facebook Page. But the best option is to seek the advice of a professional so they can put you back on to the right track.


A disc rupture and its herniation


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What is a disc/inter-verterbal disc?

Our spines are made up of bones called vertebrae. In between each of these bones, we have discs that cushion our vertebrae and act as shock absorbers. The disc has a tough outer layer, called the annulus, and a soft inner center called the nucleus.

What is a disc herniation?

A disc herniation is when the soft inner nucleus pushes out of the annulus into the spinal canal. The spinal canal only has limited space, so when the nucleus of the disc starts protruding into the spinal canal it can put pressure on the nerves within the canal. As a result, this can cause pain and other symptoms. Moreover, this can happen anywhere in the spine but usually occurs in the lower back or the neck.

What are the symptoms of disc herniations in the lower back?

Symptoms caused by a disc herniation in the lower back include lower back pain, numbness, pain, tingling, or burning. The burning starts in the buttock and radiates down the leg and sometimes into the foot. Usually, only one side is affected. In addition, pain is usually exacerbated by standing, walking, sitting, and straightening the painful leg.

What are the symptoms of disc herniations in the neck?

In the neck, symptoms include neck pain, pain in between the shoulder blades; numbness, pain, tingling, or burning. The burning starts down the arms and sometimes into the hands and fingertips. Moreover, the pain can be exacerbated by certain neck positions and movement. As well as coughing, sneezing, or straining. In addition, disc herniations can cause weakness in the affected limb.

An injury usually causes disc herniations to that area of the spine. Still, in people with degenerating discs, it can sometimes just take a small exertion or twist of the spine to cause a herniation. Risk factors for disc herniation include smoking, being overweight, incorrect lifting technique, repetitive strenuous activities, or a sedentary lifestyle. Moreover, 30-50 years old is the most common age to develop a disc herniation, but it can happen outside of this age range. In addition, men are twice as likely as women to experience a disc herniation2.

How can chiropractic help with disc herniations?

There are many ways that chiropractic care can help with disc herniations.


Firstly, by preventing them from happening in the first place. Chiropractic is all about optimizing nervous system function. This helps to make sure all of the muscles around our spine are activated and working at their best. As a result, when muscles around our spine aren’t working properly, this leaves our spine vulnerable and more susceptible to a disc herniation if we sustain an injury.

Proper Movement and Support:

Secondly, chiropractic can prevent a disc herniation by making sure the joint is moving properly. Chiropractic restores proper joint biomechanics, and when joints are moving properly this decreases the likelihood of degeneration. Importantly, as degeneration is a major risk factor for disc herniation, this is an important part of preventing disc herniations.

Improves healing:

Thirdly, it is important to try and prevent disc herniations from happening in the first place. However, you could still sustain an injury that causes a disc herniation. Chiropractic is beneficial in the healing process for this. As chiropractic impacts the nervous system, it impacts our body’s healing capabilities. As a result, a nervous system free of interference is able to better heal injuries such as a disc herniation fast and effectively. Therefore, chiropractic returns normal movement and function to the spine.

In addition, along with proper exercises and stretches, a spine that is moving and functioning properly is more likely to heal properly. In conclusion, this decreases the chance of needing surgery for the disc herniation.

Other options

There are many different types of surgery for disc herniations, which can involve removing bone, removing discs, or fusing multiple levels of the spine together. However, this is usually the last resort for extreme cases, as it is extremely invasive. Moreover, it can cause further issues down the road. Chiropractic is safe and non-invasive, and can drastically reduce your chances of needing surgery. As a result, your body is able to heal naturally, resulting in less chance of re-injury and further complications.


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Raising Healthy Children: Tip # 3

By Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani: Tip # 3: TOUGH LOVE

Many parents lament that they can’t get their children to eat certain foods or meals that they prepare…

Despite their best intentions, many parents today arrive at a stand-of with their children; the children dictate what they will and won’t eat, and then the parents become distressed when their kids fall ill with frequent colds and flus, ear infections and asthma, to name but a few repercussions of poor diet. Or in ever-growing cases, children acquire seemingly mysterious behavioral disorders with long labels that require medication. Even then, the link is often not made between diet and health.

Sometimes it seems a whole lot easier to just give into children and throw into their lunchboxes that vegemite, peanut butter or jam sandwich, a packet of chips, or a cupcake. There is no doubt that this type of approach to lunches is quick, simple, and easy. But the question is:

Is life simple and easy when we have hyperactive, angry or unwell children?

NO, it isn’t…full report

 …Life is draining physically, emotionally and financially.


We cannot pour soft drinks or additives onto a potted plant and expect it to survive… the same applies to our body.

There is a direct relationship between what we eat and our quality of life and health. In Lunchbox Solutions, I discuss a variety of approaches to retraining fussy eaters.

Every family must negotiate guidelines and boundaries around many facets of lifestyle and behavior, but there are none as important as diet, because what your children eat has an ENORMOUS IMPACT on the whole family. It’s exhausting when they are chronically unwell when they are irritable and friends and family don’t want to spend time with them. So I’d encourage you to pick your battles and be clear that the “food battle” is one you want to win!

Even if your child appears quite healthy, remember that the impact of poor food choices may have a long-lasting effect on their health as adults. The cumulative damage of refined sugars and processed foods can be an enormous contributor to illnesses including diabetes and heart disease. It is our role as guardians to empower our family with proactive and positive habits. 

Since my boys were very little they learned that they need to eat primarily wholesome foods and at times “sometimes foods.” It is vitally important that children learn how they can strengthen digestive power through eating foods that are as close to their natural state as possible including a wide variety of fresh organic vegetables and fruits, raw or organic nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains; you get the idea.

Foods Cont.

Foods should nourish and heal the body. Eating foods in their most natural state ensures we receive the highest nutritional content. Whole foods contain naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, amino acids and more.

Consuming food shouldn’t be a toxic event. By eating “whole foods” we also help our family to reduce their intake of harmful chemicals. Such as preservatives, synthetic nutrients, and other additives that are considered non-foods (which are added to most all processed foods.)

If you can — try to eat organic foods whenever possible. This will help to ensure you avoid harmful toxins such as antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, herbicides, GMO’s, and synthetic fertilizers. Purchasing organic food is not a luxury but rather an integral step in securing our health. Pollutants in our modern environment—for example, pesticides, heavy metals, herbicides and fumigants—have been linked to abnormalities in behavior, perception, cognition, and motor ability during early childhood, even when exposure is at so-called harmless levels.

The goal is to teach the child to make these good decisions themselves

Where possible encourage children to help you shop and prepare meals and take the opportunity to highlight the pros and cons of different foods and false foods.

Encourage your children from a young age to also be open to having supplements or “vitamin boosts” from time to time. For example, smoothies and homemade juices are a great way to add multi-mineral powders and probiotics into their weekly diet. High-quality probiotics can provide the necessary bacteria for a healthy gut, and they are an essential aid to digestive health for all children — I would recommend taking these a few times a week. It’s also a great habit to encourage them to randomly have zinc and vitamin C powder drinks or multi-mineral drinks particularly if they have been really busy or had a few late nights.

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How Smartphone Time Is Harming Your Children

At Revolution Chiropractic we take a structural correction approach to your spine and one of the big indicators of spinal dysfunction is forward head carriage. The head is basically a bowling ball balanced on the top of your spine and every inch it moves forward causes an exponential increase in how hard the muscle must work to continue to hold it up. The issues go much deeper than neck discomfort, this poor postural position increases the tension on your spinal cord, puts you at greater risk of a strain injury to your neck, speeds up the degenerative process of the spine and can cause nerve root impingement, which let me assure you is not fun at all.

What is really concerning is the number of children we are seeing with this postural issue. Chiropractors are seeing more and more children as patients with issues linked to forward head posture and a HUGE contributing factor is the amount of time they are spending on handheld screen devices. I have personally seen many children with their necks bent to 90 degrees as they stare at a tablet or phone on their lap.

According to the NZ Ministry of Health children age 5-17 should spend less than 2 hours per day sitting and using screens, and this time should not be continuous but rather broken up throughout the day.




On top of smart devices creating postural problems, they are also reducing the amount of physical activity that kids are getting. Which reduces the creativity of tactile play. For the health of your children, we strongly recommend you reduce the amount of time they spend on devices, perhaps reward them with some screen time after some physical activity. It is much easier to raise strong children than it is to fix broken adults! Remember that kids imitate those around them, especially their parents, and let’s face it, we could all benefit from spending less time on our mobile devices.

When you are using your phone or tablet make sure you keep it at eye level for healthy posture. Your arms getting tired from holding them up is a great reminder to take a break!

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How Poor Posture Is Destroying Your Health & 2 Posture Tests To Try At Home

Why is proper posture so important? Is it for the way you look? Sure, people definitely look better when they fix their posture. But regardless of esthetics, your posture is actually key to how your body functions in more ways than one.

Take muscles for example: when you’re sitting with your head forward, your posterior (back) neck muscle are working way too hard to support your head, while your anterior (front) neck muscles switch off. This leads to muscle imbalances and over time may very well develop into neck pain which can be stemming from degeneration, disc disease, muscle strains and so on.

Now your organs: when your body gets used to a slouching position and makes it a long term problem your intestines get compressed and digestion can become difficult. Poor posture also reduces lung capacity by up to 30%. As you can imagine it can compress the heart and reduce the flow of blood to vital organs thereby making them work less efficient and create disease within them.

Not only does posture affect you physically, it can also be detrimental psychologically. Studies have linked poor posture to increased depression, stress and fatigue.

The overall effect can become global and when those issues persist long term they can take away from your quality of life and even longevity.


“How do I know if I have a possible posture problem?”


Luckily there are 2 tests that you can try at home to see if you have any possible posture problems. All you need is a wall and/or a floor!


The Wall Test


Stand with the back of your head against the wall with your heels 6 inches away from the wall. Your buttocks and shoulder blades should touch the wall.

If you can slide more than 3 fingers behind your neck or the small of your back then it indicates poor posture.


The Floor Angel


Lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet on the ground. Lower your rib cage so it’s in contact with the floor and your arms are out and bent at the elbow by 90 degree like so:

If your hips, rib cage, head or wrists and arms can’t maintain contact with the floor then this may indicate possible postural issues.

Try these out and see what your posture is like! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask your structural chiropractor.


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Office Worker Toolkit: Tips for those who sit at a desk all day

Here’s one thing you probably already know: the human body was not designed to sit at a desk all day. Our bodies require constant movement, so any job or activity that keeps you in one position for a long time (ie. office work and video games) can have negative effects on your body. The most important thing to remember above all else is to move more and move often. If you’re struggling with movement or there’s something limiting you, then consult with your structural chiropractor on how to approach your challenges and they’ll provide you with individualized and specific exercises that will get you back on track.

There are certain areas of the body that are of primary concern when sitting for long hours:


1. Neck

Why? Poor ergonomics and computer set up can lead to your head hanging forward for long periods of time. This even happens when we’re on our phone for too long. This position increases straining in your neck and the muscles around the neck become tight and reactive. This can even lead to tension headaches.

What to do: • Sit tall and think of stacking your neck bones one on top of the other directly above your back. Then tuck your chin and gently push your head back. Hold this position for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times every two hours. • Remember to also move your head often throughout the day by looking left, looking right, and making big circles with your neck (if pain free)


2. Shoulders

Why? When typing and reading a computer screen, our shoulder tend to slump forward and stay there for long periods of time. When the positioning of your shoulder girdle is not optimal, it can lead to imbalances in the muscle system, which will lead to your muscles not functioning as well.

What to do: • Sit tall and pinch your shoulder blades together gently. Hold this positioning for 5 seconds and slowly release. Repeat this 10 times every 2 hours. • Make big round circles with our shoulder blades. Focus on the part of the circle where your opening your chest and pulling your shoulders back. Perform 10 circles going forwards and 10 going backwards every 2 hours. • Stretch your chest muscles by putting your elbow and forearm on the side of a doorframe with your elbow at 90 degrees and stepping into it until your feel a stretch in your pecs. You can feel it more by breathing into the sides and front of your rib cage. Hold for 30 seconds on each side every 2 hours.


3. Low back

Why? Being at the desk for such long periods of time, we tend to get lazy and slouch or round through our low back. This can put a lot of stress on the joints and discs in the low back area, which can potentially lead ot disc injuries, muscle strains, joint stiffness and weakening of your core muscles which can make you more susceptible to further injury and pain.

What to do: • Sit directly on top of your sit bones and try to keep the weight even on both sit bones. This will create a small arch in your low back which is its optimal position. • Be sure to stand up and walk around every hour or so to take the pressure off your low back. • Try some gentle yoga when you’re not at work. • Perform the cat-camel pose which helps bring movement throughout the entire spine. Click here to link to one of our YouTube videos on how to do it.


4. Hips

Why? When sitting on our bottoms all day, it means that we’re squishing our buttock muscles which can lead to weakness in this important muscle group. The sitting position also leads to tight hip flexors since our hips are stuck in a 90 degree angle for so long. Imbalances in the hip can lead to injuries affecting all parts of the body, especially the low back and knees.

What to do: • Stand and walk throughout the day. • Stagger your legs, similar to a lunge position and transfer your weight forward. This will give you a nice stretch in the hip flexor muscle. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on both sides every 2 hours. • Perform the glute bridge outside of work. Click here to link to one of our YouTube videos on how to do it. Remember that every BODY is different. If these general exercise suggestions aren’t working for you, then be sure to visit your structural chiropractor to get individualized recommendations to get your back on track.

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How Bad Posture Is Killing You!


Do you ever remember your mother telling you to sit up straight, that it was bad for you? Fast forward 20 years and now you have shoulder aches, neck pain and even lower back pain. You think hard as to why you might be experiencing this. Was mum right? Maybe my posture is affecting all of this. It is estimated that 65% of sitting employees suffer from a combination of neck, upper back and shoulder pain. It is clear that having bad posture while sitting down or even standing up can lead to various negative side effects. When we consistently leave ourselves in a vulnerable position we are preventing our body to function at its best.

Here are a few negative side effects caused by having a bad posture.


1) Limited ability to breathe

Our main organs responsible for breathing are the lungs. They are situated in the upper part of our chest and they help send oxygen to all areas of our body. When we slouch we decrease the space where our lung sits which limits the amount of air that we breathe in. It is said that we lose 30% of our lung capacity when we lean forward. Ultimately we get reduced oxygen levels to our heart and body. In the long run this can cause many serious health problems on its own such as; dizziness, fatigue and headaches.


2) Fatigue

Our body is designed to stay upright. However when we are slouching, our body is fighting to be in its correct position. Having to fight against poor posture requires more energy, leading us to feel tired and fatigued.


3) Headaches

When slouching forward this makes the muscles on the back of the head work harder. As this creates extra stress for the muscles it can become quite inflamed leading to pain. Also as these muscles become tighter it can put pressure through the head leading to headaches.


4) Lower Back Pain

You might be wondering why bad posture might cause lower back pain. As the muscles behind your neck tighten up it can create extra pressure through the spine at that level. Due to this extra stress that area may become more prone to injuries. To take that extra pressure off other area will try to compensate, especially through the lower back. Also when you slouch down you lose the natural curvature of the lower back. The curve of the spine acts like a spring which helps distribute weight. When you lose that curve all the forces go through the joints of the spine. With all these stresses put on the lower back, lower back pain is quite common for people with bad posture.

Having poor posture isn’t the end of the world. Like most things as long as you put effort into it, your posture can improve.


How to Improve Your Posture

Here are some basic exercises and stretches that can help improve your posture.


1. Cobra Stretch – This stretch helps you work out opposite muscles that assist in bad posture. Hold this stretch for 1 – 2 minutes.Cobra stretch


2. Hip Flexor Stretch – When we sit down our hip flexors are in a contracted state. Having tight hip flexors can lead to lower back problems. Hold this stretch for 1 – 2 minutes.Hip flexor stretch


3. Chin tuck – performing this for minimum of 3 sets of 10 reps daily.

Chin tuck


4. Thoracic extension – Put the block up higher by the base of your neck (in between your shoulder blades) and roll up a thick towel to put in your neck curve. Holding this position for up to 2 minutes or more if you can.

Thoracic extension


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Sciatica – definition and treatment


Sciatica can be a real pain in the rear end! Sometimes it feels like a bad leg cramp. Sometimes it’s numbness and tingling through your butt and leg. The pain can be excruciating. As a result, you can’t even sit down, sneeze, or cough without searing pain.

Sciatica can be scary. You think you’re going to have it forever and having anxiety about it affecting every part of your life. You worry you might have to have surgery.

If you’re worried about your sciatica, you’ve come to the right place. And there’s good news. Sciatica is fixable.

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Can a Chiropractor help sciatica?

Most sciatica is caused by structural problems in the spine that damage or herniate one or more of the discs between your vertebrae. When the vertebrae in the lower part of your spine get misaligned, that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Only about 10 percent of the nerves in your body feel pain, and the sciatic nerve is one of them. It’s the biggest nerve in your body and it feels pain in a big way.


There are a couple of simple tests we need to do to figure out if your sciatica is a structural chiropractic problem. If it is, that’s good news for you. It’s a relatively easy fix. With careful, specific adjustments to the lower part of your spine, we can eliminate your sciatic pain.

There are other ways to deal with sciatica, such as stretching, medication, or even surgery. Some people choose to muscle through the pain and just wait for sciatica go away. The problem with these approaches is that they do nothing to correct the underlying problem. So your sciatica will almost certainly come back.

Obviously, you want to get rid of the symptoms. But let’s do that AND fix the underlying problem.


Your next step:

Click here for a complimentary consultation with one of our structural Chiropractors In our office, a consultation is a conversation, not a commitment. We’ll ask you about what’s going on, get a better understanding of your problem, and talk about solutions. You can decide if you like our approach.

A few answers to FAQ about sciatica:
No, you do not need a referral from your primary care doctor.
No, you probably don’t need an MRI. But if you already have one, please bring it with you.
No, it’s not going to be this way forever. You will feel better and you can get back to doing the things you love to do.
No, adjustments do not hurt. Most people get pain relief within a few visits.
Yes, it’s possible to fix sciatica without drugs or surgery.


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How Are Your Discs Holding Up?

Do you have trouble moving? Do you lack the energy that you once had? Is the pain stopping you from living a normal life? Is the pain so bad that you’re considering spinal fusion, specifically for the discs in your spine? If you are having second thoughts, this blog will talk about why you’re getting this pain and how Chiropractic can be an effective method to help people with disc problems.

The intervertebral discs in the spine have a very unique role within the body. The S-shaped curve that your spine is orientated in, acts as a shock absorber, and provides mobility. These discs are the primary component of that shock absorption.

You must be asking, ‘I thought only old people get disc problems, why do I have it?’ Actually, disc bulges, herniations, extrusion etc are all disc problems that are most common from 18-35 years of age. There are other types of spinal problems that affect the older population and these are more likely related to degenerative joint and/or disc disease which is another story altogether.


The causes and consequences

The most likely cause for spinal disc damage and injury is immobility within the spine that puts unnecessary pressure on certain discs therefore causing damage and injury. On top of that, the lack of movement diminishes blood flow to the discs therefore the damaged discs have no way of healing.

A common myth most people believe is that disc problems only come from big accidents and injuries such as picking up a box or a piece of furniture. This is true to a certain extent; however people who have sedentary lifestyles, bad posture and repetitive stresses from work are all prone to having disc injuries as well.

To stop your spine from being injured, your very own body protects itself by immobilizing areas that are in harm’s way. Your body does this in numerous ways; muscles tighten up, the area starts to swell up and most importantly it starts signaling PAIN! These protective mechanisms of the body cause immobility and lack of motion within the spine. Your discs then start to weaken and degenerate. As this process carries on,the next time you go pick up a box, POP! You have a herniated disc. For those of you experiencing or have had a herniated disc, you know how excruciating and crippling it is.


Chiropractic care

So how can we help you at Revolution Chiropractic? Well the primary objective for us at Revolution Chiropractic unlike any other Chiropractic Office is to make sure we reset your structure to normal. We do this via a thorough structural examination which includes structural spinal analysis using specialized equipment and x-rays, we also give you specific structural recommendations and tools you need to help yourself get better too, and lastly we adjust your spine specific to what’s going on in your structure to correct it as well as restoring your spinal curves to normal again using specialized equipment.

We see many people with neck or back pain and bulging or herniated discs that have gone through procedures like micro-discectomies previously who are back to square one a year or two down the road. (Micro-discectomy is surgery to remove herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord). Upon a very detailed examination we find the cause of WHY your discs are herniating to start with and treat the actual CAUSE so that this cycle of herniation, micro-discectomy, herniation, bandage treatment stops.


A couple of stretches you can do on your own

It’s never too late to start a journey to be a better version of yourself. Knowing your body and what you can do is the first step. Here are a few stretches for the lower back to help you get started.

  • A dragon pose – Hold this stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other leg.

A dragon pose for lower back

  • Hamstring stretch – Hold for 15 – 30 seconds after the stretch is felt. Repeat on the other leg.
    Hamstring stretch lying on the ground with the band/towel
  • Cat/cow pose – Repeat this motion 5 – 20 times.


Cat/cow pose



Please Note: It is best to consult with a professional before performing any of these stretches or exercises as some disc injuries benefit from these movements and some others disc injuries may be exacerbated. If you do these exercises without consulting a professional, you are accountable and responsible for any risks and/or injury.

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