Exercises for Herniated Discs
By Sara Butler
Herniated discs are a real pain in the back. And the leg. And possibly the foot, too.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc, that doesn’t mean you need to head straight to the operating room. What you should be doing is working with your chiropractor to help reduce symptoms and correct any muscle imbalances that may be contributing to the pain you’re in. Here’s how chiropractic treatment combined with exercise can help you to find relief.
It’s About More than a Herniation
One of the most beneficial things you can do when faced with a herniated disc is to stabilize and strengthen your back. You do this by seeing your chiropractor to first ensure that your spine is free of joint dysfunction and restriction, then you work to make the muscles that support your spine stronger.
Another side effect of exercises to strengthen your spine is that it can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Carrying too much weight around puts stress and strain on the spine, including the discs that are now starting to cause you problems. A healthy weight will help promote spinal health and reduce pain.
What Exercises Work Best?
Adding exercise to your day in order to help with your herniated disc doesn’t mean you have to start doing heavy duty cardio. Simple stretches and aerobic exercise such as swimming can help you to control your pain.
You will want to try out some structured exercise programs such as Pilates and yoga to help improve flexibility and strength. That can help to control acute pain in your back and your leg, if you have sciatic pain due to a herniated disc.
Also throw in some moderate aerobic activity such as biking and walking. Make sure to discuss any plans you have for exercise with your chiropractor. You certainly don’t want to do anything that will make your condition worse!
When starting a new exercise routine, especially when you have an injury such as a herniated disc, you need to start slow. Start with 10 minutes of activity and then increase the amount of time gradually each day. Work your way up to 30 to 40 minutes of exercise five times a week.
If you have questions about the exercises you should do to help with pain from a herniated disc, make sure to discuss them with your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Magnolia, Tex.