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
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.