Acupuncture treatment for a herniated or bulged disc
As your body ages, you are more prone to injuries to your spine. Common ailments include a herniated or bulged disc that can result in restricted movement and varying degrees of pain. When you are experiencing this type of problem, an acupuncture clinic is a great place to get help. Mountain Valley Wellness can offer traditional acupuncture or electroacupuncture treatments to ease your discomfort and get you back to enjoying your physical activities again.
A bulging or herniated disc can result from a variety of things including the following:
- Reduced flexibility
- Weak muscles in your back
- Being overweight
- Extreme sports activities
- Improper footwear for activities
- Not moving enough (sedentary lifestyle)
The difference between a bulging disc and a herniated disc is that a bulging disc does not usually affect the entire disc. A herniated disc is usually a result of the soft cartilage protruding outside of the disc causing pain due to irritation of the nerve root.
Your physician will be able to diagnose whether or not you have a bulging or herniated disc by using a CT scan, X-ray or MRI. Depending on the amount of damage, a treatment plan will be devised to help you recover. Treatment options may include the use of acupuncture or electroacupuncture.
This ancient form of eastern medicine uses small thin surgical steel needles that are strategically placed to stimulate the flow of energy. Acupuncture aims to relieve pain by stimulating your body to release endorphins into your bloodstream. These endorphins help the body’s natural pain killer overcome the discomfort and make it resistant to pain.
This form of treatment is similar to traditional acupuncture, but electroacupuncture uses thin needles that are stimulated by a minute electric current rather than manually. A reduction in pain results and an increased range of motion will be experienced. The electroacupuncture treatment is an efficient way to help prevent further damage to your disc(s).
Visit Mountain Valley Wellness and speak with an acupuncture therapist to determine if this treatment can help you heal your herniated or bulged disc.