How to Manage Slip Discs in Back Pain

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First of all, I would just like to quickly explain what is a slipped disc. We have all heard people say “I have a slipped disc, that is why my back hurts”.

Medically speaking a slipped disc is known as HNP. (Herniated Nucleus Pulposus).

A herniated disc is a fragment of the nucleus pulposus which protrudes through tears or ruptures in the annulus fibrosus. The displaced disc fragment may press on spinal nerves, often producing pain which can be severe.

HNP (Herniated Nucleus Pulposus) is a problem that causes back pain. Please keep in mind this is just one of many reasons why you might have back pain. If you are not sure, please see your doctor.

Once your doctors has determined you have a HNP (Herniated Nucleus Pulposus) they will assign a management schemes to you or refer you to an allied health professional who specialises in this.  It is important that you follow the instructions, otherwise the pain could get worse.

How to manage:

You will often to referred to exercise and massage therapy. Both exercise physiologist and massage therapist will teach you strengthening & stretching exercises, which work amazingly to relieve pain. This conservative approach is becoming the gold standard for helping people with lower back pain.

At Adaptive Massage, after we have helped our client with some immediate pain relief, we will teach some strengthening & stretching exercises to help with long term pain relief. A simple movement pattern such as the hip hinge is a great way to learn how to bend from the hips and not from the lower back. This simple movement alone can alleviate much unnecessary pain. On top of this we will give simple exercises to help strengthen the core (you will never have to do a sit up, I promise 😊).

The days of stay in bed and rest are no longer hold valid advice for many.

Another recommendation which is extremely beneficial, but unfortunately often meet with resistance and is unpopular with many, is going on a diet and losing some weight. If you are carrying a little bit of extra weight, shedding a few kgs can make a huge difference.

One thing for sure, when it comes to back pain one must take measures to prevent further complications, since back pain is one of the worst possible pains one can endure.

If you are suffering from a “slipped disc” and want some immediate relief, plus help to find a long term solution to having a pain free back, book an initial consult with us today.