As you attempt to heal a herniated disc and resume a life free of back pain, we encourage you to start small: only undertake movements, stretches and exercises that are comfortable and then scale up. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we will provide a dimension of care that improves joint mobility and promotes excellent blood circulation in the damaged region. From here, we encourage our patients to take the initiative.
Goal number one is to relieve pain and get you moving: rehabilitation can only begin when you are able to move.
For people whose herniated discs are so painful they must remain sequestered to the couch or bed, a more serious procedure may be advisable. Otherwise, remaining immobile could be worsening your condition: your muscles need regular conditioning to recover properly. So leave the couch in the rear view and stretch it out by going for a walk. Light aerobic exercise is a great place to start: try walking for 10 minutes on the first day and then gradually increase your time over the following days. Swimming is another low-impact exercise that is great for bodily fitness and introducing movement to a stiff region.
Depending on the location, we also help you include stretches that lengthen restrictive muscles, restoring range of motion and improving muscle tone. As you scale up on the amount of movement that is comfortable and pain starts to fade away, we work on improving the muscles in the surrounding region. For example, a lumbar herniated disc is usually a result of the disc being overburdened. If we can improve trunk muscles and pelvic stabilizers, the burden of the body’s weight can be shared more equally with other parts of the body than just the lumbar vertebrae.
For help on creating a plan for healing your herniated disc, call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.