A herniated disc, bulging disc, or slipped disc can be a painful condition. While a bulging disc is often caused by sudden, heavy impact, you might “slip a disc” after extended periods of bad posture, especially as you grow older and your discs weaken. 

With many of us hunching over our laptop screens for several hours straight these days, actively improving our postures is essential. 

Stretch Every Day

Spending as little as 10 minutes a day stretching your body will help improve your posture. Simple stretches like touching your toes or holding your arms above your head can also help your muscles grow more pliable and stronger. 

Stretching your neck will help you keep this area of your spine healthier and avoid a bulging disc. Try to gently tilt your head from side to side or to move it in small circles.

Stand Up Straight

When you’re not sitting at a desk or on the couch, make a conscious effort to straighten your spine, tighten your stomach muscles, and push your shoulders back. Make sure that your posture feels natural. 

Standing up more throughout your workday and getting up off the couch over the weekend will also help you get up and move more. 

Go Shoe Shopping

Who said improving your posture was boring? Make sure that you wear flat, comfortable shoes often to allow for even weight distribution. High heels and uneven platform shoes can lead to uneven weight distribution and spinal alignment issues over time. This can eventually result in a bulging disc. 

Sleep Properly

In order to prevent a bulging disc, be sure to pay attention to your posture while sleeping. Make sure to sleep on as supportive a mattress as you can find and that you use one firm pillow. Sleeping on your back or on your side with your knees up will be the kindest on your spine. 

If you are already experiencing a bulging disc, we can help! Using long-term treatments that will reduce the likelihood of future slipped discs, including strengthening and conditioning, our expert bulging disc treatment chiropractors will help you win back a pain-free life! 

Using a variety of manual therapies and strength conditioning techniques, we’ll assist you with safe treatment. Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or long-term preventative treatment for a bulging disc, book an appointment with us today or call us for urgent assistance with acute or chronic pain at 0421 151 778.