Discs are the cartilage between your vertebra. The soft gel center is contained by layers of fibrous cartilage. This arrangement acts like a shock absorber and ball bearing combination, allowing you to move freely under load. Discs have poor circulation, and rely on movement to push fresh blood into them for nutrients and pump out the waste that accumulates. When movement of the disc is restricted, it degenerates quickly. That is why it is important to have chiropractic check-ups regularly to insure your joints are in motion and not restricted. But, if you do end up with a bulging or herniated disc, chiropractic has several treatment methods to help restore normal motion to the disc and reduce pain. Chiropractic has helped countless cases of disc herniation avoid needless surgery or addictive pain pills.