Healing a Herniated Disc Through Yoga
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With a diagnosis in hand, I had a starting point to begin to heal. I began reading about treatments. I went to a spine surgeon who strongly recommended surgery. I was not excited by that idea however, so I sought a second opinion. This time I was told that I could heal and that surgery wasn't necessary. I took the second surgeon's advice and began the healing process. I firmly believe that the body has miraculous self-healing powers. As a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor, I had the tool to being physical therapy.
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The most important movement to avoid when you have disc issues is forward flexion. Once I knew what was wrong with me, I knew to avoid bending forward with a curved spine. I always tried to maintain a straight spine. The other piece of information I learned was that movement is crucial for healing the spine. Yoga really helped me gain mobility again. Through daily practice and lots of back bending, I was able to create space between my vertebras and now I no longer have a herniated disc.
After 6 months of conscious Yoga (i.e. listening to my body, challenging it and avoiding forward flexion), my back is on the mend! Look at the comparison between my 2 MRI's taken 6 months apart. The top two are the 'after' images and the ones below are 'before'. Whereas in my first MRI you can see how the disc between L4 and L5 had almost completely seeped out, you can see that after treatment it found its way back to where it belonged - support my spine without pain.
Although your diet may not be directly related to back issues, as it is to digestive issues, nutrition always influences the overall health of one's body. I was prescribed pain killers and anti-inflammatories. I started searching for alternative medications that would have similar results. Being a big fan of turmeric and its anti-inflammatory qualities, I incorporated it more into my diet. I would even throw in some freshly grated turmeric into my morning shakes and smoothies. There are many alternatives to medicine in food.