A herniated disk can be mildly uncomfortable or can be down right debilitating. If you are in the process of undergoing herniated disk treatment, there are things you can do at home to help relieve pain and keep muscles as loose as possible. When patients aren’t careful to take care of the rest of their body, herniated disks become secondary injuries as other body parts are injured in their attempts to compensate.
Here are three relaxing ways you can receive some pain relief and stimulate the healing process.
3 Ways to Relieve Back Pain
1. Get a Massage. Massage is a powerful healing treatment. There are multiple benefits of massage therapy. It improves circulation and decreases inflammation; together, these pack a powerful healing punch. Increased circulation moves much needed nourishment into cells while simultaneously removing harmful toxic build up. Inflammation prevents circulation and gives harmful pathogens the ability to build their stores. This can prevent the immune system from doing its job.
Massage also releases powerful “feel good” hormones, such as Oxytocin and endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. While increasing the good hormones, massage simultaneously reduces levels of the stress hormone, Cortisol. This natural hormonal balancing has a positive effect on both your body and your mind.
2. Take a Yoga or Pilates Class. Yoga and Pilates are good for your back in many ways. Make sure you let your instructors know you are undergoing herniated disk treatment so they can modify your workout if necessary. Both pilates and yoga stretch muscles and ligaments, which are important for promoting circulation and keeping muscles limber, preventing the risk of further injury.
People with herniated disks can begin to hold their bodies in unnatural postures to compensate for the pain and stiffness. The stretching and movement involved in Yoga and/or Pilates will help to improve your overall posture. They are also excellent forms of exercise for strengthening the core muscles in the body – working to strengthen both the abdominals and the back muscles. Once your herniated disk treatment is completed, your strengthened core will help to prevent the disk(s) from slipping again.
3.Take a Swim. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for people who have back problems. Walking, running, and even exercise bicycles can exacerbate the symptoms of a herniated disk as they add extra pressure to an already vulnerable spot. Water provides overall support and prevents your back from unnecessary jarring or strain. Water aerobics can be an excellent way to burn calories, get your body moving, and strengthen the muscles with very little negative impact.
You can swim laps, tread water, or use a kick board…the possibilities are endless. Once you are done exercising, take a moment to float effortlessly in the water and enjoy being completely supported by one of nature’s most healing elements. You are almost 70% water yourself, after all.
Herniated disk treatment can take longer than you might like, but taking the time to focus on your overall health can both relieve your pain and facilitate your overall healing process.
Nick Walz is an active blogger and writer who likes to share his advice and tips to the online community. You can contact him on Twitter @Nick_Walz.