Herniated Disc

Herniated discs and pinched nerves can be a debilitating, chronic situations that you don’t have to suffer. Surprisingly, most bulging discs are not symptomatic. A disc is herniated when its soft center pushes through a small crack in the disc’s exterior, irritating the surrounding nerves. Some people experience no painful symptoms, but others may experience arm or leg pain or back pain, depending on the location. Often the patient will experience tingling numbness, or weakness in the affected area.

Patients We’ve Helped

“Dr. Marston is amazing! Simply the best!”

Summer 2017

“Dr Marston is thorough in his diagnosis and treatment. His adjustments are gentle and effective.”

Gregory 2016

“Dr. Marston office is very nice and is an easy to find location. He uses several different techniques to adjust the body.”

Robin 2017

“My experience at Florence Carlton Chiropractic was a refreshing one. Dr. Marston actually took a lot of time with me to get to the heart of my physical issues. He did not try to rush me out the door like every other office I have been to. His care was thorough and brought much needed relief. The office is a very warm and welcoming environment.”

Mike 2017

“I was having back pain. I also have arthritis in my right foot really bad because I have broken the foot about 3 times. Anyways, my mom was seeing Dr. Marston and she told me to start going to him. So I did and ever since then, my pain in my back is gone, my foot pain has gone down by at least 75% and he is also helping me with my weight. He is just a really cool Doctor. He is amazing at what he does!”

Brittany 11/21/14

“Friendly service! I appreciate the good attitude when I see him and how he is concerned about fixing my problems. I am never disappointed with a visit!”

Rustin H.

“Dr. Marston was really nice and asked me to describe my back pain. He seemed to know exactly what my problem was after a short consultation and made sure I was comfortable the entire time. My back feels great now.”


“I have always found Dr. Marston to be very kind, thoughtful, and professional. Thank you for all you do for me.”

JoAnn T.

“I have always been nervous to get adjusted by a chiropractor but you were very gentle and quick. You were able to help me with an issue that I have had for years with just one treatment and thanks!”

Minnette M.

“I was rather apprehensive about seeing a chiropractor for the first time. However, Dr. Marston took the time to completely put me at ease and asked specific questions about my neck and back problems. Every adjustment I have received has left me feeling better than I felt before. You’ll be pleased with the quality and level of care you’ll receive from Dr. Marston. I know I am.”


“I am a patient of Dr. Marston. In years past I was always a little afraid of being handled and adjusted. Dr. Marston was patient and used the activator on me and I loved it. As time went on, his gentle and terrific bedside manner enabled me to now let him adjust my neck by his hands. He is a great Doctor and I could see anyone going to him. Children included.”


“I threw my back out and was in incredible pain. Dr Marston was amazing with his patience and kindness and understanding. He worked with my muscles and got my back and hips back where they should be. I continued daily care and within a week it was as if it never happened. Dr. Marston is very knowledgeable and kind. I will highly recommend him to anyone!!

Anonymous 08/19/15

“I was literally a train wreck of pain and miss-alignment on my first visit and was incredibly relieved & realigned after just a few sessions! I have seen chiropractors on & off for 25+ years and know that he is seriously the “REAL DEAL” of holistic health care! I refuse to see another chiropractor and drive from Hamilton every week to Florence (Initially 2X’s per week) Passing up 10 other practices in route. He is intuitive and really listens; he is willing to treat everything that is sore in one visit. He cares and truly wants to help you. Thank God for him!”


“Dr. Marston is the best chiropractor I have ever gone to and I’ve been seeing chiropractors for over 30 years. I was going to a young chiropractor in Missoula. Right away he messed my hips up and left me in severe pain. He tried for six months to put my hips back in the right position for my body (I had one short leg) but he couldn’t get my hips adjusted right. I then came to Dr. Marston and he fixed my hips in one visit. He is professional and someone that I admire very much. Thank you Dr. Marston for making my quality of life so much better for myself and my husband.”

Diana D 9/7/15

“Dr. Marston has helped my family so much. He has helped with backs, whip-lash from an accident, to relieving pain in knees and ankles. He is my family’s first call when my family has an ache or pain or just to maintain our health.”

Lora A 7/7/15

“I have had constant back pain for 20+ years. Have had many chiropractic adjustments for some relief. Always have taken Motrin for pain relief daily. After a month of twice weekly treatments with Dr. Marston, I’m standing straighter, have more flexibility, less pain and off the Motrin. Feels great to feel good again!

John P 6/9/17

“When I cam to Dr. Marston, I could not raise my left arm. I had already used Physical Therapy for 12 weeks to no avail. After just a few weeks of chiropractic care, he had found the problem and fixed it. The ultrasound was wonderful and healed the area fast.”

Victoria W 2/1/16

“As someone with scoliosis and ongoing structural issues. I have been to a lot of chiropractors over the past 30 years. Dr. Marston is the only one who has taken the time to truly learn what works best for my particular challenges and has adjusted his approach to address my changing structural needs. I know that no matter what symptoms I present with, new or familiar, he will take the time and attention to detail to make sure I walk out of the office feeling better. It’s invaluable to me to have a chiropractor in whom I can place so much confidence and trust.

Heather M

“My first visit to Doctor Marston was to try to get help with my pain [in] the back and hip area. With X-rays and follow-up, the doctor came up with a treatment plan. After a couple of visits I could already notice some big changes and pain relief. I think he can help get me healed and pain free.”

Pam C 8/7/15

“I first came to Dr. Marston in so much pain I couldn’t even stand up straight. We found out what the problem was together and he explained everything, each step of the way. I felt confident going into treatment and started looking forward to my appointments. Now 3 months later, I am virtually pain free. Dr. Marston has not only helped my initial pain, but has also helped in other areas I didn’t even know needed help! Thank you, Dr. Marston, for EVERYTHING!”

Brittanie C

What is the Difference Between Herniated Disc and Slipped Discs?

Except for the first 2 vertebrae in the neck , there is an intervertebral disc between each vertebra of the spine. You can imagine the discs as shock absorbers, cushion and the providers of flexibility for your spine. Sometimes cracks can occur in the outer layer of the disc, and the softer material inside of the disc can push out. They do not generally “slip”, although it is a popular terminology these days. More accurate diagnosis would include bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs.

Causes of Herniated Discs

  • Car Accidents
  • Poor Posture
  • Poor Diet
  • Sneezing or Coughing
  • Sports Injury or Heavy Lifting
  • Aging
  • Pelvis Misalignment
  • Dehydration
  • General Wear and Tear
  • Overactive Reflexes

Symptoms of Herniated Discs

  • Pain or tingling in arm, back foot, or leg
  • Numbness in legs, arms or hand
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Hypersensitivity

Non-Invasive Treatment

A chiropractor will take a thorough medical history, and do a physical exam, especially focusing on orthopedic and neurological test if there is suspicion of a herniated disc. Are all of your reflexes intact? Is there any loss of sensation or numbness anywhere? X-rays or MRIs may be necessary and decisions about your best path to health will be made. If there are serious problems like cauda equina syndrome or advanced loss of sensation, reflexes or unusual neurological findings, then a spine surgeon referral will be given. We will be looking out for you and finding answers. If however, it is a disc injury, most of these injuries can be treated by chiropractic care. We have multiple options, however, our most go to in these cases are spinal manipulation and our Flexion Decompression method.

The gentle distractive forces of this decompression therapy create a decompression of the spine with unloading due to distraction and proper positioning, to improve blood flow and nutrient exchange to the injured area. Therapy sessions typically last 15 minutes, 3 times a week for up to 1 month, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond, with most patients feeling pain relief with as few as 4-8 treatments. Most patients are released from treatment after 8 weeks. Treatment plans may very due to each patients needs.

With the right treatments, reduction of inflammation and allowing the body to heal itself, these serious injuries can be solved without surgery. All patients will have a custom solution in accordance to their medical history and we take great pride in finding the core issue and finding long term solutions.

The Numbers

Taking an average group of middle aged men (45 average age) with no symptoms of back pain, this percentage would be likely to have disc bulges
The disc itself is mostly made of water (we can easily link problems to discs in old age because of this fact)
Percentage of patients with herniated discs that can be successfully treated without surgery

Come in to see Dr. Marston

Let’s get you back to your healthiest self and develop the treatment plan that is right for you! We will stand in your corner and make subtle and gentle low-force techniques to help you recover and find relief of symptoms. Come to Sapphire Chiropractic to get the quality care you deserve with a smaller practice and just as much experience as the larger offices. More one on one time with the doctor and we are invested in individuals in our office.