From Dr.Gessert: The spine is designed to be flexible. It allows us to flex, extend, rotate and laterally bend in all directions. It’s made up of 25 movable bones called vertebras, broken up into 4 sections, the cervical (neck) 7, thoracic 12, lumbar 5, and sacral 1.
When we bend and flex our spine, the disc material can move. The jelly inside the disc will displace in the opposite direction of spinal movement.
When this wall is stretched, it allows the disc material to bulge outward towards the spinal canal and nerves. Since the wall is compromised and weakened, the disc material can’t go back in. If the bulge is large enough, it will compress the spinal nerve in that area, causing pain and even intense, radiating pain, numbness, and tingling into the extremity. If the disc isn’t treated, it can lead to muscle weakness and atrophy.
Spending most of your day in a state of spinal flexion is the leading cause of disc bulging and
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