Our backbone consists of the vertebral column (spine), which is supported by small discs that act as cushions, with shock absorbing properties. These discs also add flexibility to the spine. A damage or problem with these small discs is called herniated disc.
When this disc is damaged, the vertebral column is exposed and it irritates the adjacent nerves, resulting in pain, discomfort and numbness.In most cases herniated disc occurs in the lower back. At times, it affects the neck and upper back too. Treatment of herniated disc varies according to the severity of symptoms. Surgery is recommended when the symptoms are very severe.
The pain and other symptoms can be treated naturally without the intervention of surgery, drugs or injections.
Yoga improves the condition by applying specific stretches and movements, along with rhythmic breathing and stationary poses.
The application of these techniques tones the muscles and reduces tension.
This form of exercise strengthens the core muscles in the back, abdomen and neck. When the muscles are strengthened, the spine gets extra support, thereby relieving the strain on certain parts of the spine. This can have positive effects on back pain.
Acupuncture is an age old technique and it is found to be very effective against pain. This therapy involves implanting several tiny needles into the affected areas.
This enhances blood circulation and relieves the pressure on the disc. Acupuncture releases the natural pain relieving compounds and neurochemicals that help in combating pain.
Inversion therapy involves hanging heads down and moving in such a way as to aid the stretching of back muscles in a harmless way. This therapy removes the pressure from your spines and also increases the space between the vertebral column.
There are several forms of this therapy and the right method has to be chosen keeping in mind an individual’s comfort level. This therapy also improves the circulation and upgrades the flexibility of the spine.
Trigger points are small knots that develop in the muscles and tissues of the specific parts of the body that are exhausted or injured. People suffering from herniated disc have these trigger points.
This therapy involves applying deep pressure on the trigger points.This pressure application releases the soft tissues, improves circulation and relaxes the muscles. It also mitigates the pressure on the disc.
Trigger point therapy followed by a muscle balance therapy gives positive results. In this therapy, the muscles adjoining the spine and hips are carefully analysed and personal exercises are designed to reduce the stress from your muscle and joints. Therefore, the muscles and joints are restored from damage. When the muscles are restored, the spine gets adequate support.
Barberries are red berries that are edible. Most parts of this shrub are used to treat various disorders.
These berries are known to relieve pain associated with herniated disc, sciatica and all forms of back pain. These berries can be whipped up into shakes or juices or it can be consumed as such. It should be avoided during pregnancy.
Placing an ice bag on the affected area can provide relief from pain. Heat can also be applied instead of ice. The application should last for not more than fifteen minutes. It can be continued after a gap of ten minutes. Ice and heat can also be applied alternatively with a gap of ten or fifteen minutes in-between.
These natural methods of treatment can keep you away from over the counter drugs. However, for complete recovery from herniated disc, ample rest is required.
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