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Treating yourself to delicious ingredients can provide treatment for your herniated disc; is it so far fetched? Your body will work more effectively to do what you want if you feed it the right fuel. There are many intangible factors that have led to your injury, but there are core elements within your control: nutrition, exercise and posture. The injury begins with a crack in the annulus fibrosus, the outer layer of the disc, which is made up of fibrous materials, in particular, collagen. Part of what is causing your pain is the swelling and inflammation as the body responds to the injury. There are many nutrients, sourced from the earth, which can fight inflammation and aid the body in repair and production of collagen.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, found in flaxseed, fish oil and nuts are great natural anti-inflammatory agents.

Vitamin C is a stimulus for collagen production. Look for citrus fruits, leafy greens, bell peppers and to add more C into your life.

Sulfur is a supplementary mineral, which boosts the prowess of Vitamin C. Sulfur is found in high concentrations in: eggs, cruciferous vegetables, kale, Brussels sprouts and turnips  

Glucosamine-Sulfate is a naturally occurring chemical in the human body that helps helps repair cartilage.

Make the things you put in your body count. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we encourage people in the throes of spinal injury to use the factors within their control to effect a full recovery and ride the wave of health into the future. Call our office in Sacramento at (916) 457-8825 to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.

Just as there are myriad ways to cause a herniated disc, so there are, at least as many, ways to treat them. When devising a plan of physical therapy for herniated discs, it is important to do so under the guidance of a medical professional. This is where we come in: we want to teach people to use their physical activity to improve their herniated disc symptoms. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we offer you a range of professional services that we believe will create pain-relief and supplement recovery. We truly believe in the power of using the factors that are within your control to improve pain symptoms.

We begin by relieving pain and restoring movement. This is done through a combination of gentle adjustments and low-level stretching; movements that you feel comfortable with that will work to lengthen restrictive muscles and reverse the deterioration. From here, we slowly up the ante, focusing on core strengthening: this includes both the muscles of the lower back and the abdomen. Conditioning your back through exercise creates pain relief and helps the spine bear more stress without falling out of alignment.

We also want to focus on correcting muscular imbalance and poor posture. Both of these increase stress on the spine and are counterproductive to your healing. Once you are through the most intense period of pain, we institute advanced exercises that focus on building up the back so that the injury never recurs. This means addressing the asymmetry that may have contributed to the injury in the first place, and learning how to sit and stand without putting unnecessary pressure on the spine.

Your regimen for physical activity depends on the severity of pain and location of the injury: some people cannot comfortably lay prone and others cannot perform stretches standing up. If you are seeking relief from herniated disc injury, but want to heal naturally, call our office in Sacramento. Learning these stretches will benefit you for life: long after your injury is healed, you can reap the benefits of a stronger core for spinal health. We can be reached at (916) 457-8825.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.

Herniated discs in the spine are fickle injuries. For lucky people, they will occur and heal in a period of weeks to months without the onset of any pain. For others, the pain can escalate to a severity that requires surgery. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we have experience treating disc herniation at all points in the spectrum. For the mild sufferer, pain can be alleviated, speeding the process of recovery. For someone who decides the pain is intolerable, chiropractic has been shown to improve pain and mobility, both good indicators of a successful surgery.

Disc herniation is a condition that presents itself when intervertebral discs are compromised, however temporarily. The discs, that lie between each vertebra, are composed of two layers: the annulus fibrosus is the outer ring which houses the inner layer called the nucleus pulposus, a gel-like core. Together, they form a cushion that accentuates the spine, allowing for shock absorption and resilience to compressive forces. Herniation occurs when the annulus fibrosus cracks, allowing the nucleus pulposus to leak outwards. Pain is usually experienced when this leak bulges far enough out to impinge on spinal nerves.

Chiropractic does not magically fix a herniated disc. Rather, it focuses on relieving pain and helping the body to heal naturally. Low-force adjustments encourage mobility of the joint in an area stricken by tension. Stretching techniques relieve pressure from nerves that are being aggravated by the bulge of a herniated disc. Is your posture contributing to your pain? How can you make lifestyle adjustments that will support a speedy recovery? These are questions that we will address based on your individual history and experience of pain. If herniated disc pain is encroaching on your quality of life, call our office in Sacramento today at (916) 457-8825 to schedule an appointment and set a course for healing.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.

The discs that accentuate our spinal columns are hard workers. As the shock absorbers for one of the most crucial structures in our body, they accumulate an enormous amount of wear and tear over the years. Named for their location in the spine- cervical, thoracic and lumbar, these discs support the weight of our body, allow us to twist and turn and move our heads side to side. As we grow from youth into adulthood and old age, the discs are asked to support more weight and withstand more accumulated movement. More weight means more compression and the discs can only support so much. At a certain point, they may tear, allowing fluid to bulge from their center and pressurize nearby nerves. This is called a herniated disc and it can be cripplingly painful.

The three types of herniated discs:

In the neck we find the cervical discs, which support the weight of the head. Along this part of the spinal column is a pivot point that allows us to move our head from side to side. This repetitive motion of the head is responsible for the primary degradation and herniation of cervical discs. Besides being a pain in the neck, cervical disc herniation can radiate pain to the shoulders and arms and refer it to nerves in the head, creating painful headaches.

The thoracic discs are the least vulnerable to herniation. Tears in these discs are most often associated with poor posture, or traumatic injuries involving sports or automobile accidents. Depending on its location, pain can be felt in the lower and upper body.

Lumbar herniated discs are the most common form that we treat at Espinosa Family Chiropractic. These discs bear the most burden of our weight and a healthy lumbar region is critical to a full range of motion. As more weight is added, the disc experiences more compression. At a certain point, the disc may tear. Pain associated with these discs is usually localized but can impact the lower body and cause sciatica, if the sciatic nerve is pressured.

If you suspect you may be suffering from a herniated disc at any point in your spine, it is important to consult with a specialist. These are common, but serious injuries and the spine will usually heal itself in the matter of weeks to months. Our treatment intends to speed this healing process and provide you with pain relief in the meantime. Our office in Sacramento can be reached at (916) 457-8825. We look forward to hearing from and helping you with your herniated disc.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C. 

Take a moment to appreciate your magnificent neck. It is a subtly tuned instrument that allows for movement of the head, blood flow to the brain and its health is essential to regulation of the heart rate, sleeping, breathing and balance. Housed in the neck are the two carotid arteries, which supply the majority of blood flow to the brain in support of its functioning. Nerves exiting through the third, fourth and fifth vertebrae of the neck supply energy to the diaphragm and its accessory muscles. Our nervous, immune, lymphatic and respiratory systems exist in a state of intimate balance within the neck. Your neck is an essential structure, and its health is our imperative.

At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we see people suffering from neck pain all too often. Here are people who have allowed themselves to suffer through the pain rather than addressing the problem, accepting subpar relief rather than getting on the road to healing. Physical trauma or severe motion can throw the neck out of alignment and damage ligaments, putting pressure on the nerves. Repetitive stress injuries, caused by poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle, contribute to neck stiffness and low blood flow. Keeping this channel clear and aligned should be a priority.

We treat misalignments, known as subluxations, with gentle chiropractic adjustment, relieving pressure on nerves and allowing for unimpeded communication between the head and the rest of the body. Sufferers from degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and fibromyalgia can also derive relief and benefit from chiropractic. As with an automobile, your neck receives a dose of wear and tear every day. Trigger point and massage therapies can help problem tissues heal quicker.  Pain may come and go; if you perceive that it is impacting your well being negatively, call our office in Sacramento at (916) 457-8825 to find out how our expertise can help protect your neck.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.