Healing a Herniated Disc Through Yoga

Lia Adlparvar

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Study Type:

Member Story

Patient Sex:

Female

Patient Ethnicity:

White

Patient Age:

35

Published Date:

05/07/2018

Conditions:

Back Pain, Herniated Disc

Therapies:

Yoga, Diet Therapy

Outcome:

Very Poor Poor Fair Good Very Good

Medical History

For the last 5 years I have suffered from spouts of incredible back pain for years. When it began, almost without a cause, the pain was incredibly strong. I went to see my doctor who prescribed me some pain medication and an anti-inflammatory. I missed work and spent a lot of time immobilized. Eventually, the pain went away and I continued with my life. Until it came back again. Again, I could not pin down the cause and it would happen this way. Once I sneezed and the pain in my low back was so sharp that I stayed in bed for the rest of the day. I had no idea what was wrong with my back. Almost 2 year ago I felt the pain after going to the gym. My chiropractor thought that I might have torn a ligament. I treated it as an injury and suffered through more pain. A year later, it was clear it couldn't just be a ligament injury. I went to a specialist and had an MRI done on my lumbar spine. 

The MRI showed two bulging discs and a severely herniated L4-L5 disc. The radiologist who did my MRI was shocked that I was able to walk. He showed me my scans right then and there and I finally had my answer. All these years I had been suffering from bulging and herniated discs.

Summary

Motivation

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.

Encouraging Words

Don't give up hope! A herniated, slipped or bulging disc can be treated without an invasive surgery. Please contact me if you'd like to chat. You can find me in the 'Ask an Expert' section.

Excercise Description

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.



Treatment Description

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.

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