Help with Degenerative Discs and Herniated Discs

by Melissa West on October 26, 2015

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Help for Degenerative Discs


Degenerative-Discs-and-Herniated-Discs-HelpDegenerative Disc Disease happens when the discs in your spine start to dry out and lose their mobility and shock absorption. When this happens, the inner portion of your discs shrink, providing less cushion between the boney vertebral processes of your spine and the outer part of your disc can suffer from small tears. The result is pain.

Herniated Discs, also called slipped discs or bulging discs happen when the inner material of your disc, the soft nucleus, leaks out of your disc and touches the nerve route. This nucleus is highly inflammatory and so the contact with nerve causes pain. Any numbness, tingling, weakness travels along the path of the nerve, such as the sciatic nerve and goes down the back of the leg, but a disc that herniates in your cervical spine can cause pain that radiates down your arm.

So what can you do?

First of all, make sure you talk to your medical doctor, get a correct diagnosis and find out what you can and cannot do to keep your body safe if you have a back injury.

Yoga poses like cat pose can be helpful for degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. By moving your spine through flexion and extension, you will be drawing fluid and nutrients into the inner portions of your discs, helping to “plump” them up and creating more shock absorption for your load.

The curve of the lumbar spine also bends inward (lordotic curve). This is the area where bulging and slipped discs usually primarily from sitting in chairs – the inward curve goes out into a c -curve and then the weight bearing of sitting starts to push those discs out.

Your low back isn’t the only place where disc herniation occurs. When your head gets pulled forward from prolonged periods of time screen, the natural lordotic curve of your cervical spine can flatten out and even turn into cervical kyphosis. Over time you will start to experience inflammation, muscle strain, pinched nerves and even disc herniation.

Putting your body in a different orientation to gravity from sitting and screen time and moving your spine in different directions is so helpful for preventing and correcting degenerative disc disease and herniated discs in your cervical and lumbar spine

Would you like more support in varying your movement patterns? In our membership community I offer my best, value-added, innovative and leading edge research with series of classes like Back, Neck and Nervous System RX.

Neck, Back and Nervous System RX

The series begins with a class that will help to overcome the time you spend in sitting, working at computers and interacting with hand-held devices that create immobility in your spine and move your spine out of its natural alignment. The first class benefits your nervous system, draws fluid into your intervertebral discs and benefits all parts of your back and neck and helps to build bone density. The second class in the series will offer modifications and variations for those with wrist, knee and neck issues as well as options for cat pose in a chair. The third class use the soft foam roller, the slo mo ball and the squash ball to help to keep your fascia hydrated, they help to maintain the mobility, integrity and resilience of your fascia by hydrating your fascia. The fourth class in the series will demonstrate how your nervous system can adapt much for easily when it feels safe. With the use of restorative yoga we can safely increase your range of motion in cat pose.The fifth yoga class uses acupressure and traditional chinese medicine to build your energy reserves and restore harmony and fluidity to your spine and entire being. The sixth yoga class provides options for each of the Ayurvedic doshas bringing balance to kapha, vata and pitta doshas. Finally a savasana for cat pose will allow you to move through your physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies, your chakras, Goddess archetypes, moon phase and ends with a reading from the Radiance Sutras.

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