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Herniating Disc Alternative Treatment Options

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What are some alternative treatments you can choose to relieve the pain caused by a herniated or bulging disc?

You may have noticed that if you’re going to your primary health care doctor, a lot of times they do not recommend alternative treatments. Rather than that, they tend to immediately prescribe pain killers.

But how reasonable is that? And will this tendency remain the same in the future?

Nowadays it is starting to change, because more and more patients are finding that some alternative treatments are actually very effective with this condition. Here are a few ideas:


Decompression Therapy

Basically this is done with a special table, called inversion table, which is a great tool that uses gravity to take away pressure from the spine and reduce the bulge. In many cases, decompression can actually prevent you from having surgery. Otherwise, this doesn’t usually come as a first option, since inversion tables are usually very expensive (now you can get a free trial here). Read more about this treatment option in the separate post about inversion table for disc herniation .


There is no doubt that chiropractic care is a very effective treatment for a bulging disc. However, it does matter which chiropractor you go to, because every chiropractor uses different techniques and methods of helping people experience relief and get better. So do your research first and look at any recommendations you can get for a good chiropractor. Read our comprehensive article about chiropractic treatments for herniation here.



Massage Therapy

Another thing you might want to consider is massage therapy, which is fantastic especially if you’re having a lot of muscle spasms related to the affected disc. A herniation tends to cause irritations on the nerves of the spine and that is usually why the muscles start to spasm in this case.

Acupuncture Helps

This technique, which is part of the traditional Chinese medicine, is another good alternative treatment when it comes to pain relief associated to a prolapsed disc. This method uses hair-thin needles that are inserted in certain energy points of the body (read more in the detailed post about acupuncture & herniation).

Natural Supplements

For pain relief, luckily you can find all-natural supplements today that can achieve the same result as prescription drugs, but without the negative effects. Using a combination of natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving ingredients, they help patients in a very kind way to reduce the pain caused by a damaged disc. You can get a free trial bottle of the all-natural Heal-n-Soothe, which is a supplement based on systemic enzymes, if you click here.



Far Infrared Heat

The use of far infrared heat as a therapy has actually been around for thousands of years. Today, modern technology has actually managed to harness the use of far infrared in handy pads, that deliver the heat through jade stones. They conduct oxygen and nutrients to blood tissue to help the body heal itself. You can read about and order infrared pads in different sizes here.


Herniated Disc Alternative TreatmentA lot of success stories from patients that once suffered of slipped discs are attributed to yoga exercises. People often report how doing yoga poses regularly helped them deal with the pain, and many can even heal their back entirely. If you decide to give it a try however, talk to your yoga instructor beforehand and ask him or her which movements to avoid.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy is a revolutionary non-surgical alternative for treating back aches related to a herniated spinal disc. In this kind of treatment, the very beneficial Ozone is injected right in the affected area. Here’s a detailed article that talks about this kind of treatment for patients with a disc herniation.

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