It happens to us from time to time. We do a routine action, something that we do on a daily basis, something such as getting out of bed, out of our car or out of a chair. We do the same thing many times a day, in seemingly the exact same way. Then, one day, for no apparent reason, this very same action can cause a sudden excruciating pain to shoot through our body. This renders us next to useless for hours or even days. The pain gradually subsides, usually, but we can feel the after effects for a long time. This can be relatively harmless in the long term, or it can be a symptom of a much more serious problem.
Sudden back pain or numbness in the back, legs or arms can be caused by a herniated (or slipped) disc. The discs act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae, protecting the spinal column. If they become damaged, the result can be a herniated disc. This can be extremely painful and generally debilitating. Herniated discs are often the result of over strenuous lifting, bad sedentary positions, lack of exercise or sudden violent movements.
Of course, the best way to avoid these potential problems is by lifestyle prevention choices. Your body should be a supple as possible. Yoga is a great way of avoiding problems such as this. Also, when you move, especially moving from a sedentary position to an erect one, there is a correct and in incorrect way to do it.
Similarly, when lifting heavy objects, there is a right way and a wrong way. Your practitioner can provide you with vital information concerning these ideas, information which will go a long way to ensuring that you do not suffer from herniated disc problems.
If prevention techniques have failed, and you find yourself with a herniated disc, there are options for treatment. Many doctors will suggest surgery. This will often solve the problem, but can have a very long recovery period, can be very expensive and does nothing to prevent the problem recurring again in the future.
Functional medicine is an alternative that is becoming more and more popular as we open our minds. Treating the cause and relieving the symptoms will generally be much less painful, will improve the patient’s general well being and usually reduce the risks of repetitive problems. The Chinese have used acupuncture for centuries, with great success. By inserting very fine needles into the body, they believe that they open energy, improving blood flow that washes out toxins and releases endorphins into the body naturally, which are healing mechanisms.
By assessing the damage and treating the symptoms without the need for pharmaceutical products or invasive surgery, natural medicinal treatments using massage, manipulation, acupressure and other means have shown excellent results. Ask your doctor’s advise by all means, but always get a second opinion from a practitioner of natural medicine, then assess your alternatives.
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.