Back massage for herniated disc

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Forced immobilization and overload of the spine lead to disruption of the intervertebral discs. The back begins to hurt and the examination reveals intervertebral hernia.

 Such a problem requires complex treatment, which includes drug treatment, physiotherapy and massage procedures. To obtain the result, massages are prescribed strictly according to indications. The back massage is carried out manually or by a hardware method, using popular massage capes .

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Causes of a herniated disc

A herniated disc appears as a result of the destruction of the fibrous ring and a decrease in pressure between the vertebrae. As a result, the nuclei of the intervertebral discs protrude into the spinal canal or out. Nerve roots are infringed between the vertebrae and pain spasm occurs. The pain can concentrate on the damaged area and give to the arm or leg.

The main reason for the appearance of intervertebral hernias is bipedalism. The entire body weight presses on the main support of the skeleton - the spine. A herniated disc can appear as a result of a complication of scoliosis, osteochondrosis, which leads to a sedentary lifestyle and physical overload. The pathological process is aggravated by excess body weight, weakness of muscle fibers, autoimmune diseases, spinal injuries, and hormonal disruptions.

Symptoms of a herniated disc

The following symptoms indicate a herniated disc:

  • there is aching pain in the limbs, shoulders or chest;
  • reduced mobility of the spine;
  • there is weakness in the limbs and the sensitivity of the tips of the fingers and toes decreases;
  • accompanying neurological disorders occur, such as headache, insomnia, jumps in blood pressure, dizziness and weakness;
  • there may be an upset of the intestines and the genitourinary system.

Symptoms of a hernia appear depending on its location (cervico-shoulder zone, thoracic or lumbar region). If the cervical area is affected, there is pain in the shoulders, numbness of the hands and weakness. Violation of the intervertebral discs in the lumbar region leads to pathologies in the work of the intestines and the genitourinary system. Hernias that appear cause numbness and pain in the legs.

Types of pain that occurs with a herniated disc

When an intervertebral hernia appears, pain occurs:

  • shooting or pulling at the site of cartilage destruction;
  • aching in the back, where a hernia appeared;
  • radiating to the arms or legs, aggravated by movement.

The painful area in the spine may expand. With movement or physical exertion, the pain intensifies and becomes unbearable. Often pain spasms are given to the limbs. The peripheral nervous system reacts with numbness of the arms and legs, lack of sensitivity in the fingers. If the pain spasm is not removed in time, a sharp pain can lead to immobilization and even loss of consciousness.

Methods of treatment of a herniated disc

At the initial stage of development of the intervertebral hernia, conservative treatment is prescribed. If complex therapy does not give a result and within a few months the pain does not subside, the patient is offered surgery.

Treatment methods for a herniated disc:

  • drug treatment with the use of painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs;
  • taking vitamin and mineral complexes to strengthen cartilage and bone tissue while reducing the load on the spine;
  • physiotherapeutic procedures (massages, manual therapy, electrophoresis);
  • physiotherapy;
  • wearing a corset and bandage to limit the mobility of the affected area of ​​the spine.

Benefits of massage for a herniated disc

Massages are prescribed for people who experience discomfort in the back, but do not always know that a hernia has formed there. Massage for a herniated disc does not eliminate a serious problem. But the development of soft tissues adjacent to the affected area improves blood circulation and saturates the cells with nutrients.

Thanks to massage procedures, mobility and elasticity of muscles improves. The intervertebral discs are stretched and the pain in the place of the clamped nerve roots subsides. In addition to pain relief, massage of the problem area of ​​the back improves the general condition of the patient, restores vitality, improves sleep and reduces stress.

The body functions much better after the massage, so the work of internal organs is restored, metabolic processes are accelerated. Relaxed muscles and movable joints increase range of motion.