So what in the world is a Herniated Disc??? Well, rather than confuse you more, I am going to give
you my simple, easy to understand definition...
A herniated disc is simply a protrusion, or sticking out of the disc. Think of a disc as a balloon
being held in place between your hands… if you push your hands together unevenly the balloon will
bulge out on the opposite side. This is what happens to the disc between the vertebrae.
A Bulging Disc is the same thing as a herniated disc… just a different name.
Herniated discs are probably one of the most common diagnosis’s for back pain out there and is often
used when a doctor can’t find an explanation for the person’s pain… similar to a doctor explaining
away various aches and pains as arthritis.
The problem is, many people who are diagnosed with a herniated disc don’t have pain because of it…
and, for years, research has shown that in many cases, people live with herniated discs yet never
have any back pain or symptoms. The point is, if you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging
disc, it may not be what’s really causing your back pain!
Even if you’ve had x-rays and MRI’s done that show a herniated disc, chances are still very good
that it’s not the problem… so read on to learn more and find out what’s causing your back pain…
So what causes a disc to herniate?
Well, many people want you to believe it’s old age, excess weight, stress, poor genetics, or how you
lift a heavy object…
while these are all potential factors, the biggest factor or cause is uneven pressure placed on the
disc. Yes, you read that right… uneven pressure on discs is the biggest cause of herniated discs.
Remember we talked earlier about the uneven pressure? Well, months and years of this uneven pressure
causes discs to breakdown.
Do you have any idea what causes this uneven pressure?
It’s something so simple that it amazes me how many people, including the experts (orthopedic
specialists, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc) fail to recognize it.
So what is it??? Muscle Imbalances.
You see, muscle imbalances pull your bones and joints, especially the pelvis and spine, out of place
and this places excess and uneven wear and tear on the body.
This is where Chiropractors come in...
The whole concept of chiropractic care is to manually move the bones and joints back into the proper
Makes sense right? WRONG! Why? Because the same muscles that pulled those bones and joints out of
place to begin with, will do so again, usually within days.
The ONLY way to address muscle imbalances is to first identify them, then work on correcting them
with the right combination of corrective exercises and stretches… and any treatment that fails to
include this formula, is doomed to fail!
To learn more about muscle imbalances, be sure to read my article titled "Aches, Pains, and
So when does a Herniated Disc actually cause pain?
Typically, a herniated disc will cause pain when it is putting pressure on a nerve or nerves and
this pain is usually felt down the backside of the leg. However, occasionally individuals experience
pain in the disc itself or the area around it.
How do you know then what’s causing your back pain?
Whether your pain is in the disc or shooting down your leg, I am willing to bet that it has
something to do with muscle imbalances.
In my opinion, it always makes sense to start at the beginning… so the first thing to do is identify
what muscles imbalances you have and then begin work on correcting them.
DON’T try things like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cortisone shots and then feel disappointed
that they didn’t work… how can they??? Remember, they don’t address the root cause of the problem!
I am not saying that these types of treatments don’t have a place, it’s just that they will not give
you the long-term relief you are looking for. For example, ultrasound may be helpful in conjunction
with a corrective exercise and stretching program but it’s not likely to do much on it’s own.
The real key is to not only treat the symptoms, but address the cause of the problem also. You can
learn more about how to identify and correct your muscles imbalances in our video, Lose the Back
In it, we take you thru a series of self-assessments in which you’ll identify which specific muscle
imbalances you have. We then show you step-by-step what to do to correct them in our Corrective
Action Plans… all you have to do is follow the instructions and in weeks, maybe days, your back will
be feeling great again. Order your copy online at http://www.losethebackpain.com or call 1-888-343-FITT
Jesse Cannone is a certified personal fitness trainer and post-rehab specialist and he has helped
hundreds of individuals to eliminate their back pain. Visit his site now and be sure to sign up for
his free email course on eliminating back pain.
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