Disc Problems and Back Injuries
The intervertebral discs are soft pad like tissues that lie between your vertebrae. As each disc has a tough outer annular ring and a soft gel-like nucleus. These discs separate the vertebrae they’re knitted into the bones, they are also responsible for joining them together. They function as shock absorbers, cushioning the bones so they don’t crash against each other as you walk. The 23 discs in your spine help give it its structural stability, flexibility, strength and length.
Disc Herniation, Protrusion & Prolapse
Herniation may be in the form of protrusions or prolapses. A protrusion can occur if the nucleus pulposus bulges from its position, pushing the annular fibrosis out of shape. A prolapse occurs when the nucleus expands to such an extent that it separates from the rest of the disc. If the prolapsed disc compresses the spinal cord or on the nerves, it may cause severe pain that could make most functions such as sitting, standing, walking, lifting, urinating, defecting, sneezing, coughing and any motor functions you can think of excruciatingly painful and nearly impossible.
Thousands of surgical procedures are performed each year for ruptured discs, amongst them medical authorities have admitted that a large number of them are unnecessary, and most of the people who have undergone back surgeries suffer the same intensity of pain, if not worse, after the operation procedure. This is called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). Even successful surgical operations could result in scar tissue, permanent spinal weakness, distortion and instability.
Siddha Healing for Disc Problems and Back Injuries
In Siddha Medicine, effective diagnosis is made according to Nadi.
- The Vitiated vatha humour is to be brought to equilibrium.
- Recurrent symptoms, post-surgery can be effectively managed through Siddha Medication.
- Special Marma massage with medicated oils prescribed by our qualified physician, steam bath, Pizhichil or oil immersion techniques and other physical manipulating techniques help relieve spasms, inflammation, nerve compressions and ultimately result in strengthening the spine. Marma therapy plays a key role as it stimulates the essential energy points of the body to relieve pain and dispel toxins.
- Yogasanas and Pranayama like Nadi Shudhi are highly beneficial in overcoming pain and strengthening the spine. Starting out the exercises with mild stretching of the spine, you would slowly proceed to practice asanas like Bujangasanam, Salapasanam, Dhanurasanam, Paschimotthanasanam, Vajrasanam, Paravakonasanam, Ekapathasanam and twisting poses of spine like Artha Machendirasanam, Trikonasanam. Lumbar extension exercises are believed to move the herniated area away from the spinal discs. Exercises like Sarvangasanam, Halasanam should be avoided, since they apply immense pressure on your back.