One out of three people reading this have a herniated disc, which occurs when your discs — the “shock absorbers” of your spine — become damaged, bulge or break open.
This can lead to severe sharp, shooting pain that travels down the back of your leg, numbness and tingling in your legs, burning pack pain and even leg weakness. Or, it can cause no symptoms at all; in 97 percent of cases, a herniated disc occurs without symptoms … for now, which means many people have disc degeneration and don’t even know it.
The problem is that at any time the jelly-like center of your spinal disc can be pushed out of place, and end up pushing on a nerve (sort of like what would happen if you squeezed a jelly donut). This is what causes the pain associated with a herniated disc, and it can come on without warning. For those of you who already struggle with such pain, you know that getting herniated disc relief can make all the difference in your quality of life and your happiness.
Now here’s the good news — you have options for herniated disc relief! Pain medications may be suggested as the “first” or “best” choice by your conventional physician, but they can cause side effects worse than the condition you’re trying to treat, and they are only a temporary solution — not one that will heal your herniated disc on any level.
Plus, there are multiple other options out there, some of which you probably haven’t heard of, that carry no risks of side effects and have exemplary success rates. Want to know more? Just look below.
10 Best Herniated Disc Relief Solutions
1. Identify and Fix Your Muscle Imbalances
Injuries or a sudden awkward movement (like lifting a heavy object) can cause a herniated disc. But more often they are caused by repetitive strains that occur slowly over a lifetime. Sitting or standing with poor posture, inactivity, hunching over your computer for long hours, all of these can lead to varying degrees of muscle imbalances, where one muscle is used more often (and therefore grows stronger) than an opposing muscle (which becomes weakened). This, in turn, leads to postural dysfunctions, in which your bones remain in an abnormal position, leading to uneven and excessive compression and torsion that causes discs to bulge or herniate.
Identifying your postural dysfunctions, so you can reverse your muscle imbalances to prevent further and ongoing damage to your spine, is therefore essential to both herniated disc relief and healing. With the Lose the Back Pain® System, you’ll go through a series of self assessments designed to help you pinpoint which postural dysfunctions you have, then you’ll discover a customized series of corrective exercises, stretches, and self-treatments that are unique to your condition.
Over 64,000 people have used the Lose the Back Pain® System to get back pain relief and improve their health and well-being.
2. Targeted Herniated Disc Exercises
Many physicians and even physical therapists prescribe a generic set of exercises and stretches, such as the standing hamstring stretch or the pelvic tilt, that may or may not relieve your pain. Muscle balance therapy, which is a key part of the Lose the Back Pain® System noted above, gives you targeted exercises to strengthen your underworked, weak muscles and targeted stretches to loosen up those tight, overworked muscles. This is especially important if you want to prevent a recurrence.
Exercises like Pilates, yoga and water activities are safe and often helpful if you have a herniated disc, but specific exercises to target your muscle imbalances are essential for addressing the underlying cause. For examples, see the video below.
A far-infrared heating pad penetrates deeper than skin level, reaching the tissues and muscle underneath. This not only gives you relief from back pain and sciatica caused by herniated discs, it actually improves circulation to the area to fight inflammation and promote healing by bringing in needed nutrients.
4. Natural Pain Relief Cream
Options like our Rub-On-Relief use White Willow Bark and other natural ingredients for sustained pain relief — without the potential danger of methyl salicylate. This is a broad-spectrum homeopathic pain cream that was formulated to address many of the foundational reasons why you are in pain. Rub on Relief contains a synergistic blend of homeopathic ingredients, each carefully selected to address pain and inflammation from a slightly differently angle. It offers pain relief, and more, naturally, without questionable ingredients of any kind.
5. Proteolytic Enzymes
When you have a herniated disc, your body sends prostaglandins in to cause pain and inflammation. This signals your body to take it easy and provides a mechanism for healing to take place. But your body also needs proteolytic enzymes to shut down the inflammation process and clean up excess fibrin, or internal scar tissue, created during the healing process.
Our Heal-n-Soothe® includes not only natural anti-inflammatories, but also a healthy dose of proteolytic enzymes — the first line of defense your body has against pain but stops manufacturing much of after your late 20’s. (The formula is so effective that we guarantee it’ll stop your pain — or we’ll buy it back!)
6. Decompress Your Spine with Inversion Therapy
The effects are deceivingly simple: by hanging upside down, you increase the space between your vertebrae, relaxing the pressure on your discs, ligaments and nerve roots. Increasing intra-vertebral space means reducing pressure on the nerve roots, which means less back pain and less likelihood of nerve root damage. When you oscillate up and down on an inversion table, it creates a pumping action for the fluids around your spinal discs. This forces waste out and draws in fluid around your discs, helping to realign your spine when used in the long term.
7. Drink Plenty of Pure Water (Ideally With Lemon)
The inner material of your spinal discs are made of roughly 70% water, so drinking water regularly throughout the day is important. You can boost the benefits even more by squeezing in some lemon juice, as this may help restore proper blood pH. If your body is too acidic, it promotes disease and degeneration. Acidic conditions can actually cause muscles to constrict and inhibit the exchange of nutrients and waste products in muscle cells, causing fatigue, soreness and pain. In fact, a pH imbalance affects all cellular activity in your body and can lead to a wide range of degenerative diseases and symptoms.
While lemon juice is acidic, it has an alkalizing effect in the body, which is why adding it to your water is a simple way to promote pain relief and healing.
8. Clean Up Your Diet
What does your diet have to do with your back pain? Far more than you might like to admit. A varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins will give your body the nutrients it needs to repair herniated discs, injuries, and plain old daily wear-and-tear. But even beyond this, eating more fresh (and raw) fruits and vegetables will help alkalize your body, whereas sugar, processed foods and alcohol will create an acidic (and therefore pain- and disease-producing) environment.
9. Reduce Your Stress Levels
Achieving lasting herniated disc relief is not only a whole-body effort — it’s a mind-body one. If you’re chronically stressed, your body will be releasing large amounts of cortisol, the stress hormone. This isn’t a problem normally, but in excess cortisol and other stress hormones intensify and increase inflammation in your body, which can exacerbate pain. It also impacts the functioning of your immune system and has even been linked to weight gain. So be generous with stress-relieving activities like exercise, journaling, warm baths or long talks with friends … as these are a crucial component of living pain-free.
10. Lose Weight
If you’re overweight, the extra pounds will put unnecessary burden on your discs, speeding up the degeneration process and making them more vulnerable to herniation.
So now you know.
There are options besides drugs that will help with herniated disc relief and healing. You can find even more information about these and many other top solutions by subscribing to the free LosetheBackPain.com e-newsletter using the subscribe button in found directly below this article. It’s free, it’s easy, and it may very well be your ticket to living life pain-free.
Written By: Updated: April 23,2012