Chiropractic care for disc injuries will vary according to the degree and nature of the problem. A type of traction known as flexion-distraction may be useful - this is performed using a special table, but similar procedures can be used by hand. Carefully performed spinal adjustments have been shown to be very useful. Various soft tissue techniques and mobilization may also help.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in the body. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord and millions of nerves. The brain is protected by the skull and the spinal cord by the 24 moving bones in the spine.
In Western society Sciatica is a common ailment, particularly in the 30-50 year age group. It describes a set of symptoms that include hip, buttock and leg pain radiating from the low back along the path of Sciatic Nerve. This nerve is formed from the L4-S3 spinal nerves which join up as they exit the low back. It runs through the buttock, down the back of the thigh and leg, into the foot.