A disc is the cushioning layer that separates the vertebrae or bon rings of the spine. Discs consist of a tougher outer layer of connective tissue and a soft and pliable inner layer. When the circle of outer connective tissue breaks down, the soft inner layer starts swelling and ultimately pushes out applying pressure on the spinal nerves. Therefore, a slipped disc is a condition that occurs when a disk in the spine gets displaced from its normal position and presses on the nerve roots of the spinal cord. A slipped disc is often referred to as a protruded, herniated, or bulging disc. There is no single explanation why the outer layer surrounding the spine discs tears. One obvious cause of slipped discs is aging. As people get older, the discs of their spinal cord lose their water content and consequently their elasticity. This loss of elasticity increases the risk Continue reading →

Everyone has heard of acupuncture and its benefit effects but how many people actually know what acupuncture is or how it works? Acupuncture is conventionally defined as an alternative form of medical practice that involves the stimulation of certain points of the body using needles that penetrate the skin. The aim of acupuncture is to treat certain conditions, but it is mainly used to alleviate pain. Over the course of the last decades, a variety of unbiased studies conducted by scientists has demonstrated that acupuncture is at least fairly effective in treating chronic pain and nausea. Considering the reluctance of western medicine representatives towards the effectiveness of acupuncture, the results are impressive. Dating back to the Shang Dynasty in 1600 BC, acupuncture is now an accepted medical practice for the treatment of nausea particularly useful for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Acupuncture is also used to treat pain across mainstream doctors and Continue reading →