Bulging Disc Treatment
Wow! I can’t believe there is so little information on this out there! You would think bulging disc treatment was a secret!
The truth is that bulging discs are very common and are likely the cause of many episodes of back pain.
Why Are Bulging Discs So Common?
Simply put, your discs are like jelly donuts except the jelly is supposed to stay in the middle. When a disc begins to bulge it means the jelly has become weak and has started to move around.
This is step one towards a disc herniation! But don’t fret, did you know that 20% of the population has disc herniation’s that don’t hurt at all?
So the question becomes, why does your disc bulge hurt and someone else’s disc herniation has no symptoms at all?
Bulging Disc Causes
The pink elephant in the room is inflammation. Inflammatory chemicals called metalloprotienases get inside your discs and start to chop up the jelly, allowing it to move around.
There are NO nerves in the jelly part of your disc, and normally there aren’t any in the donut part either. But, when these chemicals start breaking up your disc’s, your body sends nerves into the donut part.
These nerves shouldn’t be there and can be aggravated by the movement of the jelly.
Besides inflammation, an injury or accident could also cause this problem, but inflammation was probably why it was susceptible to the injury in the first place.
Home Bulging Disc Treatments
Is it possible to firm up your jelly? Unfortunately, no, but you can reduce and control the symptoms on your own.
Posture is a great place to start. Poor posture can force the jelly to one side of your disc and make it push on the donut part. To much pressure or an accident or injury could leave you with a disc herniation.
-Z Exercises: For the deep neck flexor’s. Sit up straight in a chair and pull your chin back without bending your neck (In effect, give yourself a double chin while making yourself feel taller).
McKenzie Extension for the neck: Lay on your stomach and lift your head back. Hold it there for 4-5 seconds and repeat up to 20 times. If this makes pain into your arms – STOP. If this makes your pain feel better then this may be a good exercise for you.
McKenzie Extension for the lower back: Lay on your stomach and push up your body with your arms while leaving your hips on the ground (arching your back). Hold for 4-5 seconds and repeat up to 20 times. If the pain gets worse – STOP, if it makes you pain better, then this may be a good exercise for you.
Brueggers Postural Exercises: Great for a break from work too! Sit on the edge of a chair without wheels. Arch your lower back, Take a deep breath with your abdomen, stretch your arms down and back with palms facing forward, puff out your chest, and perform the -Z exercise as mentioned above.
Alternative Bulging Disc Treatments
Decompression, distraction, and inversion tables may help alleviate pain from a bulging disc. Chiropractors and other health care providers will have access to machines that can take the pressure off of your discs and allow your body to heal a bit.
One particular chiropractic technique comes to mind that I have had great results with in my office – Flexion/Distraction. I can target each level of the spine with this treatment and introduce any movement (even figure 8’s) into specific levels of the spine.
Some of these alternative bulging disc treatments can be done at home. For the neck you might look for a cervical traction collar and for the lower back an inversion table might help. Always consult a physician before beginning a treatment regimen on your own.
Of course, a good general exercise program will help as well
Other Bulging Disc Treatments
Medication – Steroid Medication and Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain. Cortisone Injections.
An Anti-inflammatory diet – Generally speaking, cut out grains and grain fed animals product’s as well as product’s made from seed oils.
Surgery – A last resort, I suggest you read up on Failed Back Surgery Syndrome – Google it.
Medications are a cover-up at best, but may help you get through very painful moments. If you start taking care of your posture and diet, you may be fortunate enough to never have back pain again.