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Herniated Discs & 
Spinal Decompression Therapy
How do Herniated Discs Form?
There are two general types of spinal disc problems used by physicians when describing pain: herniated discs or pinched nerves (also known as bulging discs, slipped discs) which can cause neck, back, arm, or leg pain. When a patient has a symptomatic herniated disc, the disc itself is not painful, but rather the leaking disc is pinching a nerve. A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer "jelly" pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior. This produces pain called radicular pain (nerve root pain) leading to pain that may be referred to other parts of the body, such as from the low back down the leg or from the neck down the arm. Leg pain from a pinched nerve is usually described as sciatica.
The pain that patients experiences from herniated discs can often be attributed to the spine asserting pressure on discs.The problem is often perpetuated because the compressed disc restricts the flow of nutrients to itself which is needed to heal.
Common Causes of Herniated Discs
Many factors decrease the strength and resiliency of the disc and increase the risk of disc herniation.  A disc can rupture suddenly when too much pressure is applied to it all at once. For example, falling from a ladder and landing in a sitting position can cause a great amount of force on the spine.  Bending puts a large amount of stress on the discs between each vertebra. If you bend and try to lift something that is too heavy, the force can also cause a disc to rupture.
Life style choices such as smoking, lack of regular exercise, and inadequate nutrition contribute to poor disc health.  Poor posture, daily wear and tear, injury or trauma, and incorrect lifting or twisting further stress the disc. If the disc is already weakened, it may herniate with a single movement or strain such as coughing or bending to pick up a pencil. 
Non-surgical TreatmentSpinal Decompression
Spinal Decompression is a therapy used by Chiropractors to treat these conditions and provide pain relief. The therapy is FDA approved, and was originally developed and pioneered by Dr. Allan Dyer, PhD, MD in 1985 with the first non-surgical spinal decompression table introduced by him in 1991. At NOVA Chiropractic, Dr. Sullivan offers non-surgical decompression therapy though a Spinal Decompression Table. The table can perform lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) decompression, and is used on approximately 60% of current patients. 

How Does It Work?
Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy gently stretches or decompressing the spine. It is a non-invasive, non-surgical, drug-free alternative treatment. Spinal decompression therapy is achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through an on-board computer that controls the force and angle of disc distraction, which reduces the body's natural propensity to resist external force and/or generate muscle spasm. It is commonly used to treat neck and back conditions such as herniated discs and pinched nerves. 

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In This Issue
New Video Coming Soon!
Got Headaches?
Army Uses Mobile Devices for Injury Prevention
Laser Therapy
Stay Fit with Local Events
The Healthy Alternative
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Burke, VA 22015
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 The Latest & Greatest at NOVA Chiropractic
In just a couple short weeks, dozens of patients have already signed up to receive laser therapy to help relieve pain and heal injuries. Common conditions with current patients that laser therapy is helping to heal are:
  • Herniated discs
  • Knee arthritis
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis 
  • Neck and back pain
  • and much more!
For more information, call 703-912-7822 or email
Stay Fit with 
Local Events!
22nd Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival  5/17/13 - 5/19/13

Annual Springfield 15K/ 5K   6/1/13

2013 Seminars 
Check out the Chiropractic seminars attended by 
Dr. Sullivan in 2013!

Active Release Technique 

Re-Certification Seminar 

Iselin, New Jersey


Medicare Seminar

Richmond, Virginia


The Healthy Alternative

A guidebook written by

Dr. Sullivan!

The Healthy Alternative: 

A Guide For A Pain-Free, Active Lifestyle empowers and educates the reader when confronted with back or neck on the treatment options available and integrating the safest, most effective ways to manage and prevent pain. Order Now!