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Finding relief of a bulging disc by exercise

Jun 9, 2008
Have we not heard the word back pain so often that it is as common as influenza affecting most Americans and individuals everywhere? We stretch, bend, jog or swim to keep fit and healthy. But we seriously consider visiting a doctor or chiropractor when our daily routine becomes a hurdle. Bulging disc is a common condition affecting young and aged population in our country.

Neuro physicians recommend stretching exercises to ease Bulging disc. We first need to go over the anatomy of the back to comprehend how herniated discs affect the back and cause chronic pain. The backbone is a curved bone 'S' shaped structure. Vertebrae are stacked one on top of the other starting with the S1 to Lumbar L1 discs and concluding at the sacchrum and coccyx. The vertebrae are lined as building blocks of the back cushioned by soft-jelly like material that enables the back to absorb shock and injury to the back. The jelly like mass is in-between each vertebrae, it covers the circumference of each vertebrae.

Bulging disc occurs when the jelly like material protrudes out of the vertebrae. Known to affect individuals of all ages it causes chronic pain on the left or right region of the back. When occurring over a good length of time it affects the lower back also known as the lumbar region. When the nerve surrounding the spinal column is pinched by the bulging disc it causes pain or sciatica. Modern imaging techniques such as MRI are used when diagnosing a bulging disc.

Cortisone injections along with hot and cold temperature therapy, is prescribed by physicians to treat bulging discs. Physical therapy, yoga, and stretching exercises can be used for treating Bulging disc. Affecting the parathyroid glands pseudo gout is considered to be inherited. Misdiagnosed sometimes pseudo-gout is mistaken for Rheumatoid arthritis. Bulging disc is caused when the soft jelly like material moves away from the nucleus and protrudes into the nerve area of the spiral column, causing pain and later results in sciatica affecting both left and right side of the back.

Gout is a condition resulting in deposits of uric acid between the joints. Pseudo gout and gout can also affect the spine resulting in severe back pain. Although, rheumatoid arthritis rarely affects the back it may affect the spine resulting in a condition called myelopathy. It results in inflammation and severe weakening of the ligaments and tendons that connect the vertebrae and leads to instability of the neck and the back. This condition is serious and life threatening.

Relief can be found from a bulging disc condition by performing stretching exercises and yoga. Simple stretching exercises are known to have cured people suffering from chronic back pain. Yoga exercises such as knee rolls, knee lifts, pelvic twists, and sit ups can help low back pain. These exercises cause the stomach muscles to stretch and hence strengthen which compensates for the loss of function of the vertebrae. Commonly performed yogasanas are recommended which stretch the back to improve circulation to the vertebrae. A therapeutic or trained yoga expert should be consulted and good caution should be taken before performing such stretching exercises.
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