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Herniated Discs – Do You Know What Exercise Makes Most Discs Worse?

Herniated discs are a common problem. People seek many different types of therapy for this problem. It may range from physical therapy (physiotherapy), chiropractic treatment, osteopathy, massage, acupuncture or even surgery as a last resort.

Often a few simple exercises and importantly avoiding some movements which aggravate the problem often go a long way in helping the individual to recover.

Most herniated discs bulge or displace in a posterior or backward direction; this means that exercises that encourage the disc to move in that direction should be avoided. Exercises that place stress on the herniated disc in that direction are movements such as hugging your knees to your chest, either both legs together or one leg at a time. A pelvis tilt which flattens the hollow or curve in the back also encourages the disc to move in a backward direction.

Unfortunately, theses exercises are often performed by many people who are suffering with pain in their back or leg from a herniated disc. The key thing to keep in mind is that flexion, stooping or bending movements encourages that posterior direction of the disc material. Just by stopping these movements and focusing on keeping the hollow in the curve of your back, many people suffering from pain from a herniated disc would recover quickly.

The McKenzie Method of Physiotherapy is a worldwide system used for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain including herniated discs. Therapists who are trained in this system understand the mechanics of the herniated discs and apply an individualized assessment to every patient they see in order to identify the exercise that takes the pressure off the disc herniation and allow it to recover. The therapist is also able to establish what exercises or movements that needs to be avoided while the disc is recovering.

The basic premise of the McKenzie Method is to help a patient get rid of their pain and teach the patient how to stop the pain from coming back. Empowering the patient gives them a sense of control and stops the huge strain that is placed on the medical systems around the world.

Sandra McFaul specializes in helping people get rid of chronic & recurrent back and neck pain using the McKenzie Method of Physiotherapy.

Sandra is 1 of 15 therapists in Australia and 1 of around 400 world-wide with ADVANCED training in the McKenzie Method. She is based at ATA…Physiotherapy that Empowers! Stanmore – the Inner West of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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