A herniated disc in the lower back is a condition which bothers around 1 to 3 percent of the population, predominantly between the ages 30 and 50. If you suffer from this unpleasant condition, you have probably researched your options, the surgical procedure often being among the most popular ones.
However, depending on the severity of the hernia, more often than not, it is possible to resolve or at least significantly relieve this problem by different non-invasive methods and treatments, like chiropractic treatment. The more you try, the higher your chances of recovery are, so the best solution could actually lie in combining a few these. In any case, here is a short list of the most efficient methods, so you can choose what suits you and your way of life best.
Heat Your Muscles to Relieve the Painful Spasms
A lot of people don’t consider the muscle spasms as a major problem. However, the bigger the muscle, the greater the pain, and the spasm in large lower back muscles is not to be disregarded. Heat therapy can provide a great relief when it comes to this problem. You can try applying a heating pad to your lower back several times during the day. You can also try the same with a hot compress.
There are actually a few types of heat therapy so it might be best to try a few of them and decide which one suits you best. Besides the two already mentioned ones, you can test the adhesive heat wraps that provide constant mild heat for a few hours, or you can choose a warm whirlpool to relax and relieve the pain at the end of the day.
As with heat therapy, there are a few different types of chiropractic manipulation which are effective in relieving the back pain caused by a herniated disc. One of them includes the so-called HVAL, or high-velocity-low-amplitude force which shifts the pressure from the nerve which is affected thus providing better conditions for healing.
Other types of manipulation include mobilization, which implies only low force pressure, without sudden movements or cracking, and thus can be more suitable depending on the severity of the condition. In any case, before opting for this treatment, talk to your chiropractor or physician and try to decide which treatment is best suited for your situation.
Consider the McKenzie Method
This is a very specific form of therapeutic exercises with the purpose of centralizing all the pain in one region, by shifting it from the leg to lower back. In this way, once the symptoms are consolidated in one area, that is lower back, further rehabilitation methods are applied. So this is just a partial and introductory treatment which requires continuation of the therapy. This further treatment implies strengthening of your back and other key muscles whit the purpose of relieving the pain and preventing it from returning.
Just like in all previous cases, always consult your doctor before making any decisions and starting any treatments.
Replace Medication with Meditation
Meditation and different breathing techniques with constant awareness of your breath have been proven to reduce pain. Some people have even managed to reduce their dependency on medication thanks to mindful meditation. You can also try yoga, especially the so-called yoga for the back, of course, if your condition allows it. When it comes to meditation, again, there are different approaches and ways of doing it, so feel free to research and try to find the one that is the most comfortable and efficient for you.
Living with back pain can range from unpleasant to downright unbearable, but you do not have to consign yourself to living with the pain. There are options for you out there and you should take them and resume with your life.