There are many factors that can lead to a bulging disk – poor posture, degenerative disk disease, and back injuries, but the result is always the same. Stress over time on your back can lead to bulging disks. This is when the disks are squeezed by the bones, and without any relief or relaxation time, their outer walls start to lose structural integrity and start to bulge out. If a large amount of pressure is applied, that wall can burst entirely, which causes Herniated Disks.
Herniated Disks are when the outer bit of the disk tears or bursts, which releases the fluid (more of a jelly, really) inside. Because your spine is part of the central nervous system, it’s coated in nerves which take feedback from the rest of your body and actually stores your reflexes. When the fluid within the herniated disk leaks out, it can cause a pinched nerve – which is simply no fun. This can cause pain, weakness of your arms, legs, and neck, and it can also cause pins and needles and unpleasant numbness.
Spinal Decompression relieves the pressure off of the disks, which naturally reduces the bulging effect. If a disk has been herniated, relieving pressure, and continuing to go back for Spinal Decompression Treatments will keep that pressure off of the disks and allow them to heal up over time. Because your body naturally heals itself, a surgery is not always necessary for herniated disks, and spinal decompression is a much less invasive and time-consuming procedure than surgery.