herniated disc

Treat a Herniated Disc Naturally

A herniated disc is a disc that is bulging out of the spine or has broken open. They can occur in any part of the spine but are most common in the lower back, neck, and lastly the upper back. They are caused by wear and tear or spinal injuries and may present no symptoms or many painful symptoms depending on if the disc is pressing on a nerve.

 

How do I know if I have a herniated disc?

  • Ache in the lower back
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Sciatica
  • Pain in the front of the thigh
  • Pain and numbness in the shoulders arms and chest
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

 

How do I prevent a herniated disc?

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Always use proper lifting techniques.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Use good posture when standing, walking or sitting.

 

How can I treat a herniated disc?

  • Relax by finding positions that are comfortable. Don’t stay in one position for too long or you’ll just get sore again.
  • Take short walks on level surfaces every 2-3 hours.
  • Use heat and ice to help alleviate pain and swelling.
  • Work on strengthening your abdominal muscles.
  • Do back strengthening and pain relieving exercises.
  • Sleep in the right position; make sure your spine is neutral while you sleep.
  • Try massage and acupuncture to help alleviate pain.
  • White willow bark helps to ease disc discomfort and won’t irritate your stomach like aspirin will. It also reduces inflammation and helps to ward off any infections.
  • Horsetail helps to fix spinal traumas and can be taken in a tea 2-4 times a day.
  • Take a bath with comfrey leaves to help relax the back and encourage healing.
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