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What is a Herniated Disc?

A spinal disc herniation, also known as a slipped disc or herniated disc, is a painful medical condition that affects the spine, spans across the back, and can travel down the limbs as a result of affected nerve roots. Disc herniation usually progresses with age by means of natural degeneration but can also materialize from an injury, strain, or other trauma.

When the spine and discs are under pressure disc protrusion can occur, which is the bulging of the discs. The signs and symptoms can include: radiating pain in the region of the disc, irritated nerve roots that cause sensory changes such as tingling or numbness, continuous and specifically located pain, pain that is often isolated to one side of the body, and lumbar disc herniation that causes sciatica from irritation of the nerve root.

How to Treat a Herniated Disc

Here are several easy solutions to ease the pain and symptoms of a herniated disc.

1. Stretching

Stretching can be beneficial for individuals who have limited mobility as a result of their herniated disc. Stretches and exercises vary based on the location of the herniated disc.  If a disc is bulging in the lumbar region and lower back then hamstring stretches can be effective and pain-relieving.

You can also use an exercise ball to strengthen and provide support for the back muscles surrounding the spine. Watch the video below to see exercises and yoga stretches specifically designed to relieve the pain of a herniated disc.

2. Hot and Cold Therapy

This form of therapy is often underrated, it is inexpensive, instant, and can be done right at home. It is important that when treating a herniated disc that you only apply cold therapy at first. Herniated discs can cause inflammation and bleeding capillaries. The cold therapy restricts blood flow to the painful region.

If you were to use hot therapy on this region, the capillaries would bleed even more and the inflammation could become worse. Use a cold pack for 10-15 minutes at a time and use a barrier between the cold pack and your skin (such as a pillow case or thin towel). If your back pain becomes chronic rather than acute, you can turn to the heat pack for muscle relief.

Heat will dilate the blood vessels and increase the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the surrounding area. Applying heat can also decrease pain transmissions to the brain and relieve discomfort.

3. Chiropractic Manipulation

If you are suffering from acute or chronic back pain it is very important to determine the source of the pain. Visiting a Chiropractic Doctor will allow you to receive professional advice about the origins and treatments recommended for your pain and discomfort. Chiropractors can determine if a herniated disc is the source of your back pain. Chiropractors test your reflexes, investigate if there is loss of muscle strength, determine if there is loss of sensation along the path of a nerve, evaluate the entire spine, and provide X-Rays, if necessary.

A masseur giving a patient a massage.

4. Instant Pain Relief

When back pain and herniated discs become unbearable it is often necessary to feel instant pain relief in order to continue on with your daily responsibilities. You can find this instant relief by means of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy.

This form of therapy can dim the pain signals that travel to your brain, as well as produce natural pain killers like endorphins to fight against pain. The DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System is a TENS device that uses adhesive electrodes that you simply press onto the affected area, choose a mode of intensity, and feel instant pain relief course through your muscles.

Do not place the electrodes directly on the spine, but on the muscles and skin surrounding the affected area of spinal pain. Check out this video to see how DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System works.

5.  Extra Support

Back support is essential for both the prevention and treatment of a herniated disc. Often Chiropractors recommend some form of brace for the prevention of lower back pain, however these can be bulky and uncomfortable.

The DR-HO'S 2-in-1 Back Decompression Belt wraps around the lower back and can be pumped up manually to your comfort level. This way it can be worn at work, in the car, or while you are on-the-go. You can even wear the belt during the night to ensure your back is supported and you don't wake up with sharp pains and tensity.

Get More Information About How to Manage Your Pain.

Staying pain free requires preventative methods as well as treatments for your body. If you recognize that there is lasting or severe pain in your back, it is important to visit a health care professional to determine the cause of your discomfort. Once you identify your pain you can take steps towards using specific treatments. Download DR-HO'S FREE Guide to Understanding Pain to learn more about your symptoms and their solutions.

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