• Elias Limberopoulos

Your Local Rolfer™ Talks About Bulging Discs

The concentric rings made from cartilage and other materials that are located between your vertebrae are known as discs. These discs provide a cushion between the vertebrae, preventing them from grinding against one another while your spine is moving. My Rolfing practice has very good results when working this type of challenge and this article will help to shed some light on the problem.

What is a Bulging Disc?

If you receive a diagnosis of a bulging disc, it means that a portion of one of your intervertebral discs is protruding past the outer edge of the vertebra. When this happens, the likelihood of the disc pressing on a nerve or other tissue increases. Bulging discs are common, and while they often remain asymptomatic, they do have the potential to cause debilitating pain in some cases.

A bulging disc can be caused by sports injuries or other trauma such as a bad fall or car accident. Regular aging can also cause a bulging disc because the outer portion of your discs can become weaker over time. When pressure from the center of a disc stretches to the outer perimeter, a bulging disc may be the result.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of a bulging disc begin when the disc puts pressure on nerves in your spine. Almost 90% of bulging discs occur in the lumbar region of the back. In certain cases, pain can radiate from that area to your hips, buttocks, legs, and down to your feet. If you happen to have a bulging disc in your cervical spine, you may notice pain radiating downward from your neck through your arms and to your fingers. In a worst-case scenario, a bulging disc can cause severe pain that almost limits mobility completely.

Bulging Disc? See Your Local Rolfer

Rolfing for a bulging disc includes manual therapy (soft-tissue manipulation) and movement education which is typically performed in a process known as the Rolfing Ten Series. This includes a series of Ten - 90 minute Rolfing sessions to improve the structure and function of the entire body. While pain may reside along the spine or travel to the outer limbs, working through the Ten Series will help to uncover layers of strain found throughout the body. Through this process you'll recognize how different parts of the body affect each other and you may even laugh (and wonder) how releasing the tissue around the feet and hips have reduced the pain in your lower back. Each client will receive customized care based off of the challenges they present in their first visit. Through patience and dedication, you'll likely see steady progress while the memory of pain and discomfort begin to dissipate.

Note: If you are unable to lay on a table for at least 30 minutes without experiencing pain, it is best to seek another treatment option until you are able to do so.

I hope this information helps you to make the best choice for your health. I'm here to assist you any way I can. Feel free to contact me today for more information and schedule a session for one of my locations in Chicago. Be well.

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