What is the problem?
Although chronic back pain is more common in older people, it can also happen to anyone of any age. The following are common causes of back pain:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative disc Disease
- Bulging or Herniated Discs
A bulging or herniated disc is one of the leading causes of low back pain. Most people experience excruciating pain from disc problems. Sciatica pain can be caused by a herniated disc. Many people feel intense pain radiating from their lower back to the bottom of their legs, sometimes reaching the foot, when a herniated or bulging disc presses on the sciatic nerve.
What are some natural treatments for herniated discs?
Some natural treatments may be more effective than the conventional ones. Let’s take a look at some treatments that are more unique. The following are natural forms of treatment:
- Natural pain relief creams that reduce pain without the use of traditional medication
- Inversion therapy reduces pain by creating space and taking pressure off the nerve and disc.
- Lemon juice and water change the pH of the blood to deliver more nutrients to the disc.
- Healing is possible by improving your diet to provide more nutrients.
- To decrease hormone stimulation, reducing stress can increase muscle contraction, increase inflammation, and increase your pain.
- Your risk of having a herniated disc is reduced by losing weight.
- Far infrared heat penetrates deeply into muscles and tissues to alleviate pain.
Five little-known ways to relieve pain
The combination of heat and cold therapy can relieve muscle tension and pain.
The lower back can be relieved of tension caused by lumbar herniated discs. Heat can loosen muscle tightness, increase blood flow, and improve the elasticity of connective tissues. The local temperature of the tissue is decreased by cold, which has an analgesic as well as anti-inflammatory effect. This reduces pain.
To reduce muscle tension, heat your back before you stretch or exercise in the morning. You can place a heating pad on your lower back throughout the day. To avoid thermal injury, use a buffer such as a paper towel. You can use the same technique with a cold compress after stretching, exercise, and/or massage for pain relief. Another method of heat delivery is adhesive heat wrap, which provides low-level heat for several hours, a warm bath and/or a shower at night. You can try different options to find the one that works for you. It is often up to you to choose the type and method of heat that you prefer.
Moderate physical activity releases endorphins.
Although it might seem counterintuitive to some, being active can help with pain relief in the event of a herniated lumbar disc. Exercise can improve your mood and reduce pain perception.
Low-impact activities are acceptable for most people with lumbar herniated discs.
- Walking outdoors or on a treadmill
- Use an elliptical trainer
- Reclinent cycling
Hydrotherapy is a water-based activity that can be used to relieve pain. Because water’s buoyancy counteracts gravity, it is often recommended that water-based activities be done. This will reduce the burden on your spine discs. A swimming program or water physical therapy may be recommended by your doctor.
Some sleep positions can help ease herniated disc pain.
The pain from a herniated disc in the lumbar spine can get worse at night. It is possible to find relief by sleeping in a position that reduces pressure on the spine. There are a few good options:
- To relieve tension in your lower back, place a pillow between your knees.
- To keep your spine straightened and your hips balanced, lie on your back with a pillow between your knees.
The location of your herniated disc will determine which position you prefer for sleeping and where to place your pillows. You can try a variety of pillows to find the one that works for you.
Physical Therapy can be used to alleviate sciatica pain.
Physical therapy can be divided into different types that each require a particular approach to exercise. Lumbar herniated disc pain can be treated by shifting the pain away from your leg (sciatica), and concentrating it in your lower back.
The Method exercises that a physical therapist recommends for you will depend on your specific symptoms. Once your symptoms are gone, you can move on to long-term rehabilitation to strengthen the back and other key muscles. To reduce the chance of lumbar pain recurring, it is important to continue a back strengthening program and stretching after the pain subsides.
Massage and myofascial release may be helpful in reducing pain.
Although myofascial pain is not the cause of lumbar discomfort, it could be an indirect source. Poor posture and inactivity can make this worse. Myofascial therapy, a manual therapy that relieves low back pain, has been proven to be effective. Some methods, such as myofascial and postural training, can be performed at home. To apply pressure to the tender/trigger points of the lumbar region, use a massage cane or lacrosse ball.