Lower Back pain


Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc
-A herniated disc occurs when the outer part of the donut
shaped disc between the vertebrae weakens and the inner part
(a gel-like substance) protrudes outward, something like when
a balloon squeezed from one side. Typically, people don’t feel
.any pain until and unless this protrusion touches a nerve
Many people live out their lives with one or more herniated
.discs and never know it
If the protrusion does touch or compress a nerve, it usually
causes pain in the lower back, radiating down the back of one
or both legs and sometimes causing sharp, needling pain in
the bottoms of the feet. If the herniated disc is higher up the
.spine, radiating pain can occur in the arms
The primary cause of a herniated disc is the excessive
compression and torsion that is placed on the spine, which is
the result of numerous muscle imbalances throughout the
body. In addition, two often overlooked yet major factors are
.dietary imbalances and negative stress and/or emotions
,Herniated disc disease also is referred to as bulging disc
ruptured disc, or degenerative disc disease.
,The following action plan covers two areas: 1) short-term
temporary pain relief and 2) long-term solutions. I always
encourage people to work toward the goal of total pain

relief—in other words, no more back pain, period. But if
you’re too uncomfortable to get through the steps needed for
the long-lasting solution, you may want to start with the
.(temporary pain-relief options (listed below
For each category of pain relief (temporary versus long
term), I’ve arranged the solutions in order, with the step likely
to help you the most listed first. Start with the solution at the
top of the list, and then work your way down only if the pain
.improves but doesn’t completely disappear
,NOTE: In the long-term list of treatment options
inversion therapy appears first. With a herniated disc, getting
pressure off the spine is critical to recovery, and turning the
body upside down is the best way to do that. Reverse gravity
opens the spaces between the vertebrae, giving them room to
.heal and encouraging them to slide back into place