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Heal a Herniated Disc…? You Bet You Can!

Let me be very clear that despite what you may have been told, it is very possible to heal a herniated disc. Yes, I said heal… and without invasive surgery or years of physical therapy.

Why haven’t you heard this statement before? It’s simply because most doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists base their treatment on the diagnosis (i.e., herniated disc), rather than on correcting the cause of the diagnosis (e.g., muscle imbalances).

Once you understand that something or some things have caused your disc to herniate, slip, bulge or otherwise become dysfunctional, you will be able to address that cause and choose alternative treatment options that will 1) correct the problem, 2) diminish the pain, and 3) prevent the disc from herniating again.

Click here to read the full article… and also listen to an informative audio seminar.

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  1. vsgunnam
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Today, a lot of people in all over the world are cursed to suffer the peril of back pain, and they are on the look out for the reason for it and the possible cure or, at least palliation. This article gives much information on one of the causes of back pain,i.e, herniated disc and the steps that can be taken to cure it. The simple style of presentation and sincerity in approach are very heartening, of course! It is a very timely selection also. Not only the people who are suffering from this condition, but also those who are health conscious and inclined to help others will find this article invaluable! Thanks a lot!

  2. luisj
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    This is a very informative and useful post.
    If you all know the pains that I suffered for 3 years, taking frequent injections of Voltaren analgesic that, first eliminate the pain but with time each time do that less and less. So, I have, after 3 years of suffering, taking analgesic injections and pass through so many physiotherapy treatments, to be operated by invasive surgery.
    I must say that, from than on I have my normal life back to normal again, but even today, 9 years past, my right leg (the nerves crashed were the ones that go in that direction) continues to have a great propensity to get dormant and I feel that all is really better but not 100%.
    If I had know this path for sure I have tried it and, eventually, gain a lot suffer. So, if you had this problem take all opinions in account and then decide what’s better to you. But is always good that are different approaches to the same problem, and not only one.

  3. rakesh284
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    It is really a great thing because more often my back pain makes me restless and even makes me sleepy and lazy.
    It is an awesome and great creation for those who are facing different problems with there back!!
    Thanks for the information!!

  4. lillyanka
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    I suffer from back pain every day of my life, and until now I had never thought of the possibility of a herniated disc being the cause of it. Your treatments seem to make sense and sound quite interesting and possibly effective. I will look around your site some more. Thanks for the information!

  5. catdaddyj
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Very very interesting info. I had no idea there was a possibility of herniated disc repair.

  6. trigger321
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    i actualy have alot of back pain this looks to be usefull

  7. kristen
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    I found this article fascinating. My father was recently scheduled to have surgery for a herniated disc. However, due to other complications, he was told it’ll be a minimum of a year before he can actually have the operation. He was resolved to have to wait out that year in a lot of pain, but this article gives me hope that there are perhaps palliative measures we can take in the meantime.

    I would be interesting in knowing what constitutes a cure, though. Do the measures here merely alleviate symptoms or is it possible to ‘reverse’ a hernia? Either way, it seems like something worth pursuing in lieu of the more invasive surgery previously recommended.

  8. tallguyryan
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    hi, thanks for posting the information. I know your question about not being able to heal a herniated disc is true because I have searched for information and it is hard to find alternatives to just “take pain meds”!

    I had a friend I worked for around his house because he was in a car accident and had a herniated disc. He had been through 3-4 surgeries and they still had him on pain medication with no other “alternative treatments” available. I knew there had to be something else but this was more than 6-7 years ago.

    My father is also dealing with it currently so I am happy to pass on the info! Your audio file is very informative and I look forward to other information! Thanks again!

  9. edblackadder
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Wow, that How section really cleared things up for me on the real causes of pain. It’s a bit shocking to realize that surgeries don’t necessarily address the root cause of the pain, and therefore may be conducted multiple times. As always, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way in taking the mystery out of all things medical.

  10. edblackadder
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    Really interesting to read how and why pain is caused- this really cleared things up for me. I was particularly interested to read that surgery doesn’t address the root causes of pain and is therefore done repeatedly. It was also interesting to read the simple–yet logical–ways that pain can be reduced and the hernia can be healed.

  11. swimsis
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    One thing I do to help relieve pressure on the bad discs is the “2x2x2″ method. As soon as you get out of bed, and right before you go to bed, you stand with the front of your feet on a 2×4 board and your heels on the floor for 2 minutes. Two minutes on the 2″ board 2 times a day. This is a good safe stretch that my Chiropractor taught me.

  12. vaishnavi
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    This information is really nice. You mentioned all the things how to heal a herniated disc?

  13. cbacavis
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    This idea of treating symptoms rather than causes hits right at home with me. It’s unbelievable just how much of that, with modern medicine, is thrown around.

    People with “everyday headaches,” for example. They keep taking aspirin and painkillers to lessen the symptoms. But why not address the root cause of the headache? Maybe it’s spinal injury, nerve damage? Something serious or something even simple and easily correctable?

  14. meghowe85
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    It is indeed true that you can live without knowing that you have a herniated disc, unless you are unfortunate enough to have a disc pressing up against a nerve. Some doctors seem anxious to jump into surgery while others seem to want to exhaust all other means of treatment before cutting you open. Many people underestimate the power of water and rest. Our bodies NEED water, and the effects of it on our body are really incredible… what a simple solution! Also, heating pads and compresses help alleviate some of the pain. Although physical therapy might be a costly choice if you don’t have insurance, there are many exercises and techniques you can learn about through a physical therapist that you might not otherwise know about. Sometimes simple methods are not enough, but they are definitely the best first option.

  15. Katie D.
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I was linked to this article from the web, and I’m glad I found it. I’ve had back problems off and on ever since I was a teenager, but I’ve always resisted surgery. This article is really helpful and I will take it with me to my osteopath consult… and I’ll bring a copy of the Relief Guide once I get that too!

  16. Katie D.
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I was linked to this article by a friend, and I am so glad I found it. I’ve had lower back pain since I was a teenager (really, just a teen!), but I’m scared to get surgery and am also scared of having too much pain medication. The techniques you describe here are really helpful. Muchas gracias =)

  17. Raven P
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Wow! I never would have guessed there was a way to CURE a herniated disc! It’s not surprising though to know that doctors wouldn’t want to tell you about it!

  18. markendsley
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    So my mother has had back pain for 3 years due to a herniated disk and all her doctors said that pain management was her only option.

  19. woughwhoa
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Excellent information. I don’t have back pain yet but as a preventative measure I plan on using the information in this article to increase my back’s strength. I had never heard of inversion therapy and plan on recommending it to a friend who has lots of back pain…interesting concept. Thanks for the info!

  20. prattt69
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you bought a amazing news for me, I really not aware of the fact that herniated disc can be healed, neither my doctor told me nor I got it is some research results.Thanks a ton for sharing this article online.

  21. webknight18
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Very detailed and nice post about herniated discs, and how to treat and care about it. My mom has a slipped disc, and she has gone to the chiropractor, and also tried acupuncture, but the pain keeps coming back. I will make her read this post, especially the part about how drinking water can do wonders for your disc.

  22. tibi
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I really loved this article.Its so informative and very well explained.It actually clears many of our myths associated with a herniated disc.The explanation includes technical as well as non technical aspects so that it is understandable by everyone.Keep up the good work.

  23. umairhp
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I researched on this and found out that the foremost step in treating a herniated disk is to consult with a doctor. Roughly 10 percent of patients who suffer a herniated disk eventually have to undergo corrective surgery. Furthermore, very similar symptoms present in patients with cauda equina syndrome, which is extremely serious, albeit rare. Your doctor will advise you on the proper steps to take, such as the proper exercises and how long you need bed rest.

  24. umairhp
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    The foremost step in treating a herniated disk is to consult with a doctor. Roughly 10 percent of patients who suffer a herniated disk eventually have to undergo corrective surgery. Furthermore, very similar symptoms present in patients with cauda equina syndrome, which is extremely serious, albeit rare. Your doctor will advise you on the proper steps to take, such as the proper exercises and how long you need bed rest.

  25. vsharma
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Very informative article, explaining in detail and with a audio podcast along with it. WEll done. I would also like to add, after some research, that apart from meidcations there are also other known ways of treating this problem.

    As suggusted in orthopedics.about.com, the first method of treatment is rest and avoiding aggregate activities. Most of the times patients ignore stage. More over I have also discovered that heat and ice applications also help in its gradual cure.

    Over all this article is great 10/10.

  26. awdamm
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I personally have never suffered from a herniated disc but have cared for those who have. I work in an operating room and ( not to place my job at jeopardy ) would rather people research into more non-invasive alternatives. Very good artical.

  27. awilson6010
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I thought this article was very informative, I’ve had back pain for years, and been told over and over I need surgery. This article shows how you may not need surgery, which is awful, (the surgery not the article) and gives some very detailed examples of how to treat the pain and not the ruined disc, for instance the inversion and trigger point therapy methods. I don’t really have the money or the time or the pain threshold for invasive surgery, so it’s nice to know there’s an alternative. The article was very detailed and complete, it came with information as to why you should consider these ideas, and reasons why doctors don’t give you this information. There were even examples of how this information has helped, so I’m excited. I’m going to try the information out for sure, and hopefully it will save me a lot of pain and money.

  28. micmic22
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Great article!

    I had no idea that one could live with herniated disc without ever noticing…

    My uncle has been dealing with chronic back pain for years. I will definitely tell him to check out this site!

  29. chandni27
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    So many things are what were followed in the days of our grandparents. Now most people try and find the fastest and easiest way out where they dont really need to put in any effort. This article is a very beautiful and illustrative way of conveying to people that nagging backaches has a way out even though docs say otherwise.

  30. siswiz
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad I found this article. I’ve felt very isolated since my diagnosis of a herniated disc. My doctor is insisting that I plan on surgery but I’m of course very scared. Everything I read in the article makes such sense. I need to try to heal the causes of my symptoms. Well, I didn’t get here overnight so I’m thinking the healing may take awhile. I feel such hope and like I have some control again. I’d love to hear from more patients!

  31. brandiddle
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    This blog post is extremely informative and interesting. I had no idea it was possible to heal a herniated disc without seeking surgery. Sadly, I’ve already gone through the procedure and it is very painful and has a long healing process. If only I had known I could have healed it myself things would have been much much better. I’ll definitely pass this blog on to other people I know with the same problem. Thanks!

  32. mandarae
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Like most, I have been under the impression that surgery is the only way to go. Surgery has not been done yet on my husband and we have been looking for alternatives. This article has been truly helpful. Thank you for the information. We are going to work on a whole new plan for healing the problem!

  33. connie
    Posted July 16, 2009 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    This is a fantastic article, there is so much useful information in it, and I know someone who will benefit from this. My neighbor has back problems and I am going to get her to read this and listen to the audio portion as well. I also think it’s a great idea to have someone accompany you to the doctor’s office, as you suggested. An extra pair of eyes and ears to ask questions and get answers is smart. Thank you so much. Knowledge is such a good weapon. Great job.

  34. Florea
    Posted August 22, 2009 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Very good article !

  35. Neck Exercises
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    It’s true that when people have a herniated disc they may not know it and feel no pain at all. There are those that want to see an MRI to confirm the pain that they are feeling and may not show up as anything. It’s also true that fixing the root problem is essential to having relief but it’s making the lifestyle changes and making it a habit.

  36. Tim
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the info. I was never told this prior to me going thru C4-6 ACDL surgery. I was told there was no alternative and even though I had the surgery my pain is incredible everyday. Knowing there is something I can to to help relieve it is a welcome start.

  37. Jesse Cannone
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Glad you found us Tim and happy to help. Don’t give up… you CAN beat this… it just requires determination, consistent and focused action, and treatments that have been proven to work and most importantly, address the underlying causes (not just mask the pain).

  38. Thomas Hobson
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Hi Jessie,

    I help a non profit group called Living Organics. We supply organic foods to local residents once a week and have about 600 members.

    I’d like to have a link to your blog on our site because of all the valuable information it contains. Many people suffer needlessly from back pain. Sometimes some simple technique or supplement or bit of knowledge can make all the difference in the world.

    This is our links page.
    http://livingorganics.ca/index/links

  39. Paolo
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Hi, I have a disc protrusion. I have tried many things- muscle balance therapy, inversion therapy, ozone therapy, chiropractor, and so far I haven’t had any success. I do not want to get operated, but I am really loosing my hopes…

  40. Admin
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Hi Thomas,

    Yes you are welcome to have a link to our blog on your site.

    Thank you

  41. Admin
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Hi Paolo,

    If you feel you would like to discuss your situation with them please please submit your query to the helpdesk using the following link where personal questions are answered.

    http://losethebackpain.supportworksonline.com/client/index.php?cmd=submitticket

    Thank you

  42. DAVE BATTAGLIA
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    Do you offer in person consultations for muscle imbalance and Physical Therapy?

  43. Admin
    Posted June 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your enquiry. To discuss please contact the Healthy Back Ins. Direct.

    Thank you

  44. Lawrey Smashnuk
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    The first disk herniation diagnosis I received was in 1989 and it very much changed my life. In Canada wait times for surgery are 3 to 6 months and I was told permanent nerve damage can happen in as little as 6 weeks.

    My second disk herniation diagnosis was in 2009 and at age 58 I believed this time surgery was inevitable. I have learned a lot about alternative therapy and have managed without surgery so far.

    In this second case I am told a piece of the disk core has moved out and down along the nerve. This and the earlier problem have combined to shrink the calf muscle on my left leg two inches smaller around than my right and weakened my foot.

    Lifes coincidences can be strange as my neuro-surgeon has himself had surgery on his same disks. I have had a 35 year career in carpentry and we discuss the similar tools that a surgeon would employ to complete a fusion that rebuilds the canal so the nerve compression is reduced.

    I do believe inversion tables and traction hydraulically suck the disk core back to its more normal form and provide relief when coupled with core muscle excercise though most people don’t know what science refers to as core muscle.

    Once the outer surface of a disk is broken (clinical herniation) I wonder how muscle could be expected to patch that up? I wonder as well how stem cells could regenerate such a surface and where the soft centre of the disk having left through the broken surface would go if indeed the disk were able to recreate its normal composition?

  45. arun
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    A simple cough can make you wince in pain. Try not to cough or strain your body in any way if you have a herniated disk.

  46. Salim
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    i have a low back pain for around a year, and am only 22 years of age! going to finish my engineering degree but with this pain i dont how i can manage to work properly and make my professional dream and life successful. honestly i haven’t even had an MRI, but the thing is i dont have any leg pain or numbness, but my low back hurts almost every time. i got a friend who has that and now he is really doing well, he is just learning normal procedures to heal. for me it is difficult, it cant get that space to heal. its awful to say the least. should i have an MRI, to know the problem? or just work to heal it? reply please

  47. Ann
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Salim, if I were you look into getting the “lose the back pain system” If you do a search in the search box at the top right hand side of the page you will see lots of posts and information about it. If you cant find what you need post back and I’ll find it for you.

    I used lose the back pain system to get rid of severe low back pain and sciatica and it is excellent! You first identify your problems and imbalances then do specfic corrective exercises to help you.

    The system has good educational information that you will be able to use and all the exercises and other helpful tips you will need.

    They also give you very good support as you need it.

    Especially at your young age you would do well to know all this now and correct the issues you have now, so you can care properly for your back. I wish I had known at it at your age.

    Good luck with your degree

  48. dan
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    i have sciatica in my right hip,why do it cause me to walk with a limp on my right side,will i

    ever be able to walk norman again it have been also 3 years.i’m not in any pain.

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