Previously we have talked about problems associated with herniated discs. This is a severe condition requiring drastic action to help the patient to resume a good quality of life. Apart from herniated disc problems, we can also suffer from other less severe, but nevertheless troubling, disc problems. These are generally referred to as degenerative discs and are usually caused by age, poor lifestyle choices, bad posture and other factors.
As we age certain aspects of our body change. This includes bone density, elasticity of muscles, tendons, ligaments etc. Our lifestyle normally begins to slow down and we exercise less. We tend to lead a much more sedentary life and we also tend to eat more. This combination of factors can lead us to various problems, among them problems with the discs within our anatomical structure.
The best way to deal with these potential problems, as with many other health related issues, is by prevention. Your practitioner can work with you to develop a program, best suited to you, including aspects of diet, activity and exercise, which, if followed, can significantly reduce the likelihood of you suffering from problems with your discs.
While prevention is extremely important, cure (or relief) is possible, most effectively by natural means. After all, even if you follow a carefully developed program for prevention, you may still have problems. These could come from genetic conditions that can be greatly reduced by prevention programs.
There are several different forms of treatment for degenerative disc problems that do not involve pharmaceutical products or invasive surgical treatment. The use of pharmaceutical products, while often useful in the reduction of immediate pain, can simultaneously cause a side effect reaction that can, over a period of time, cause far more potential damage than it will help. In fact the medication probably won’t cure anything except the amount of pain that you feel, for a short while.
One of the oldest and often most effective of the natural treatments for disc problems is acupuncture. Practiced in some countries for centuries, the benefits have been increasingly used in the west over the past 40 years. By inserting hair thin needles in specific areas, the natural meridians of the body are freed up of blockages. The eastern word Chi is often used to describe the energy in your body, which can become blocked, causing pain, often in the back area. By unblocking and releasing naturally produced chemicals in your body, the pain will often be reduced, or even disappear completely.
Prolotherapy is becoming increasingly popular also. Proponents of this form of healing believe that the disc problems are exacerbated by problems with the ligaments and tendons. By injecting a natural fluid to irritate these body components, the body’s natural healing systems are provoked into action. There are also some herbal remedies that can bring pain relief and improvement to disc problems. A discussion with your local practitioner at as early a stage as possible can result in fast improvement and a subsequently better quality of life.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.