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Disc Herniations and Chiropractic

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.


  1. American Association of Neurological Surgeons. (2019). Herniated disc – Symptoms, causes, prevention and treatments. https://www.aans.org/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Herniated-Disc
  2. Southern Cross. (2017, December). Herniated disc – symptoms, treatment, surgery. https://www.southerncross.co.nz/group/medical-library/herniated-slipped-disc-symptoms-treatment-surgery
  3. Grassi, R. (2019, June 26). Chiropractic care for degenerative disc disease. Spine Universe. https://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/degenerative-disc/chiropractic-care-degenerative-disc-disease
  4. Pietrangelo, A. (2017, April 21). Herniated disc surgery: What to expect. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/bone-health/herniated-disk-surgery#surgeries
  5. Santilli, V., Beghi, E., & Finucci, S. (2006). Chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion: A randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations. The Spine Journal, 6(2), 131-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spinee.2005.08.001


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Back Strength and Chiropractic

Can Chiropractic Adjustments increase back strength?

Yes. Absolutely. When you visit a Chiropractor, you are training and strengthening your spine. How amazing is that! A Chiropractic adjustment is not just joint popping, its also about strength of your neck, back and mind.

In fact the audible pop doesn’t even need to occur for a successful manipulation to occur. However with a manual adjustment it often does, and some patients and doctors like to hear it. Research has found that pop or not, the same benefits are experienced, so long as the manipulation is performed correctly.

chiropractic increase back strengthSo how does this strengthen my back?

A Chiropractic adjustment strengthens the weak muscles around your spine and restores the body to it’s optimal functioning performance. In it’s correct position balance to your spine and nervous system is restored.

Your brain and body connect and communicate with each other through the nervous system and deep spinal muscles that hold your spine in it’s proper position. When the joints of the spine are out of alignment, they lose communication pathways and therefore do not carry out their proper movement and lock up. The spinal muscles that stop working and become weak and lazy. Over time your brain loses more connection to these muscles. If you think about how the brain works and the saying ‘ if you don’t use it, you lose it’, this is exactly the same.

This is not a good situation to get into because losing strength in your deep spinal muscles can lead to a cascade of problems; compensations throughout the body, reduced nerve connection, reduced power and strength, over-active and tight superficial muscles, confusion in the nervous system and too much pressure on delicate structures in the spine that can cause significant damage.

What does all this mean for me? Well it’s a really good idea to get your spine checked regularly by your Chiropractor.

a) For the peace of mind your spine is structurally sound and strong, and b) To ensure your nervous system is firing nicely and at its optimum level for the maximum performance of your body and mind .

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Bringing Back The Willpower




For years, self-help authors have been writing about willpower. The most popular notion being that we start out with a set amount of willpower and as we perform tasks throughout the day, our level of willpower depletes until we no longer have any left for the day.

However, this doesn’t make sense when translated into reality. I’m sure you’ve had days where you got way more done than usual… Maybe you were left feeling energized to do more after. And then other days that were complete write-offs and you might as well have stayed in bed.

So why is it that 9/10 times when we make big promises to change for good, we end up right back where we started? Well, there are a few reasons:

  • Trying to introduce too much change at once
  • Never creating a solid action plan to work from
  • Not addressing the life patterns that keep old habits around

But mostly, down to its core, it’s about how we perceive willpower.

Improving your life requires change. You might be trying to lose weight, eat healthier, get to bed earlier, clear your overloaded inbox, etc. All this requires that you draw on your willpower to actually get it done.

So what is willpower exactly? Well, you may know it by other words: determination, drive, self-discipline, self-control, etc.

Essentially, it’s all the things that raise your heart rate and make you sweat a bit because you’re making yourself do something you don’t really want to do – even though you probably should.

We used to think that it was a limited resource that we would have to draw upon and as we used it would eventually run out, but the research tells us otherwise. Stanford researchers asked 153 students about their attitudes towards motivation and willpower. Those that believed that willpower was a limited resource felt drained and depleted after a difficult task. And those that felt that it was cumulative, meaning that it builds as tasks get done, did better on every following task. The mind works in mysterious ways.


So what does this mean for you?


Well it means that how you THINK about willpower translates to how you ACT. Your own self-talk and beliefs determine how you handle a difficult situation and can mean the difference between getting good or bad results out of it.

For example, if you can’t find the motivation to get to the gym, try to re-frame the situation. Tell yourself every time you get your butt into the gym, you’re more capable of doing other things like getting home and cooking a healthy meal. This way you feel more energized and empowered when making changes.


If you’re lost on how to approach this, here are some action steps:


  1. Ask yourself about your understanding of willpower. How do you think it works? Consider how you define it and how that affects your actions.
  2. Use this prompt (or better yet, make your own): Following through on my new habits makes me feel like I’m capable of anything.
  3. The next time you feel like you’ve run out of willpower, ask yourself how you can reframe what it means to you. What success have you already achieved and how can you draw energy from those successes?

If you mix your willpower in with some positive self-talk, self-compassion and social support (think accountability) you’ll be serving yourself some savoury success soup.


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Exercise is something you probably know you should do but may not really enjoy and that could be for a variety of reasons; it’s hard, you don’t have time, you don’t know what you are doing, it’s boring, you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere even when you try, the list goes on. Evidence and common sense both agree that a fitter, stronger person is a healthier person. You probably want to be that person but don’t know how to get there.

This year will be my 9th year of strength training and the more I learn through experience and reading, the more I enjoy it. Maybe I’m crazy, or perhaps I’ve managed to find a sweet spot by making something that’s necessary for health into a hobby. I encourage you to change your mindset and view your health and strength, as a project to improve rather than something boring you should do.

The reality is that becoming stronger and healthier is simple but it takes discipline and consistently doing the RIGHT things. Many people start with good intentions of getting in shape, however, give up because they failed to see progress.


Strength Training


Lots of gimmicky ‘get fit quick’ schemes promising fitness and strength in 4 weeks, or even 12 weeks. Yes, you may see some change within that period but to build real strength and fitness it must become part of your lifestyle. It needs to become something you view as a ‘must’ not just a ‘should’.  However, you need not spend 5 or 6 days a week in the gym to get stronger, 3 days per week is sufficient.

Strength is probably the most important aspect of physical capacity. The most effective way to achieve this is through well-planned strength training. Getting stronger is simple, do something a little harder each time you train and your body will adapt. There are many ways to do this. I am an advocate of the Stronglifts 5×5 method, it’s how I began my strength journey. Simple principles are what guides these training methods; use full-body movements (squat, deadlift, press, row), start light, slowly increase the weight over time, train 3 days per week.

The most enjoyable aspect is that you see progress in every session as you watch the weights you lift increase. This is why I believe it grew into a hobby for me. I became addicted to the progression, and the feeling I was achieving something every time I went to the gym. The training program is free and available on the Stronglifts 5×5 website. It has videos and written guides on how to perform the lifts and program, and even a free app. It is simple yet hard work, but hard work pays off.

I highly recommend that you check the program out, it may be the best decision you ever make!

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