Bulging & Herniated Discs
An intervertebral disc in the spine serves many functions. The two main functions are shock absorption and to support the spinal column during movement.
The discs in the lumbar spine must absorb shock resulting from daily activities as well as support the entire weight of the upper trunk. The nucleus pulposus (center of the disc) has a toothpaste consistency which is 70-90% water and makes up 30-50% of the entire disc. To contain this material, the annulus fibrosis surrounds the nucleus. The annulus is a very strong ligament which is oriented much like the rings of a tree.
Over time, factors such as age and lifestyle, these tissues lose their water content and become dehydrated which decreases their ability to function properly. The Mayo Clinc explains that changes can cause the outer layer of the disk to bulge out fairly evenly all the way around its circumference — so it looks a little like a hamburger that’s too big for its bun.
A bulging disc doesn’t always affect the entire perimeter of a disc, but at least a quarter if not half of the disk’s circumference is usually affected. Only the outer layer of tough cartilage is involved.
As with Bulging discs, the tissues lose their water content and become dehydrated, but Herniated Discs will develop small cracks or tears, allowing the nucleus to begin to leak out. This herniation (or rupture) can protrude out into the spinal column and openings where nerves run. The pressure created on the nerves can cause pain. To learn more about the differences between Bulging Discs and Herniated Discs, view this information from the Mayo Clinic.
How IDD Therapy® Can Help
IDD Therapy® may not only alleviate spinal pain, but also create the essential disc environment to actually correct the underlying problems to allow your body to begin healing.
Through computer directed oscillating movements, specific vertebrae are distracted to unload pressure on the healthy disc. This recurring movement also creates a pumping effect which is intended to create a negative pressure inside the disc. This, in turn, encourages the bulge to retract, or suck back in.
In addition, the pumping action also causes an influx of nutrients to the disc and surrounding tissues. As blood and oxygen flood the treated area, damaged tissue can regenerate and heal.
All of this is accomplished with
- No needles,
- No incisions,
- No Scar tissues build-up, and
- No risk of complications from anesthesia.
This video uses 3D animation to demonstrate how IDD Therapy works to decompress the spine to resolve bulging, herniated or degenerated discs.
Bulging disc protruding into the spinal column.
Herniated disc depicting the tissues protruding further into the spinal column near the nerves.