A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, is a condition where the soft inner material of a spinal disc pushes through the tough outer layer and irritates nearby nerves. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the affected area, which can affect daily activities and quality of life.
A herniated disc commonly occurs in the lower back or neck, but can also occur in other areas of the spine. It is a common condition that can be treated with various methods, including osteopathy.
How does an Osteopath treat a herniated disc?
An osteopath will first conduct a thorough assessment and medical history to determine the cause of the herniated disc and any underlying factors that may contribute to it.
They will then use hands-on techniques such as gentle manipulation, massage, stretching, and exercise prescription to help alleviate pain and restore mobility in the affected area.
This approach aims to reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and promote healing in the affected disc. Osteopaths may also provide guidance on proper posture and body mechanics to prevent further strain on the spine and reduce the chances of a recurring herniated disc.
How long does it typically take to recover from a herniated disc with Osteopathic care?
The recovery time for a herniated disc with osteopathic care can vary depending on the severity of the condition and individual factors such as age, overall health, and adherence to treatment.
In general, most people begin to experience relief within 2-6 weeks of starting osteopathic treatment. However, it may take several months for the disc to fully heal and for symptoms to completely resolve.
It is important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your osteopath and make lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight and practicing proper body mechanics, to promote healing and prevent future herniated discs.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary for severe or persistent symptoms. Your osteopath can work with you and your medical team to determine the best course of treatment for your specific condition.