Spinal hernia: advantages and features of massage therapy
A hernia of the intervertebral disc is called one of the most common diseases of the spine, in which a displacement of the core of the intervertebral disc is observed and a rupture of the surrounding membrane is noted.
You can detect a hernia in any part of the spine. Massage manipulations during the diagnosis of “intervertebral hernia” are designed to reduce the intensity of muscle spasms and relieve the patient from pain.
The benefits of massage therapy
Massage is positioned as a safe technique for the treatment of hernia. Unlike traditional methods of getting rid of the disease, it is not accompanied by the use of analgesics and other drugs, the use of which seems inappropriate because of the presence of impressive lists of side effects.
The relief of the condition of a patient suffering from intervertebral hernia is explained by the inherent massage manipulation abilities to get rid of spasms and relax muscles located in the immediate vicinity of the spine. Relieving muscle tension leads to a weakening of pressure on the disk, which favorably affects the state of health in general.
The benefits of massage include:
local increase in the volume and speed of blood circulating in a problem place;
decrease in tension in muscle tissues;
an increase in the amount of nutrients entering injured areas;
weakening of the pain syndrome;
decrease in pressure on the surface of the intervertebral disc;
decreased excitability of nerve endings;
increased levels of endorphins.
The hormones of happiness produced by brain neurons successfully fight pain and have a beneficial effect on the emotional state. Due to this feature, the patient notes a decrease in the level of anxiety, which greatly facilitates the search for a way out of a stressful situation. Helps reduce pain and improve mood, shortening the recovery period.
High effectiveness of massage procedures confirms their effectiveness. Regular visits to the massage therapist’s office can prevent degenerative changes in the disc tissue. Numbness in problem areas and the presence of pain will tell an experienced specialist that he has encountered a hernia. Due to the disappearance / decrease at the end of the session of unpleasant sensations, it will be possible to improve the quality of life. Each time, the positive effect will increase.
We are not talking about a complete solution to the problem in one session. A significant improvement in well-being should be expected after 3-4 massage procedures. It is important to be patient and not to deviate from the plan drawn up by a specialist.
Features of massage technique
The presence of an intervertebral hernia imposes certain restrictions on the technique of massage. As a distinctive feature of the procedure, the absence of strong pressures and vigorous kneading can be highlighted. With this approach, the emphasis is on sparing impact. The massage therapist does not directly affect the hernia, being limited to the area surrounding her. It is also recommended that the massage of the limbs, subject to the negative impact of intervertebral hernia. The duration of the manipulation ranges from 30-90 minutes (the patient’s condition is taken into account).
Making an appointment with a masseur is advisable after obtaining approval from the attending physician. At the initial stage, it is advisable to limit yourself to a classic therapeutic massage. It is recommended to inform the specialist of the fact of the presence of an intervertebral hernia and to indicate its exact location.
In most cases, 1-1.5 months are given for the treatment of herniated discs. 2-3 wellness sessions are usually held during the week. Experienced experts do not advise abruptly abandoning massage procedures. Subsequent visits to the massage room help to consolidate the achieved effect, thereby reducing the likelihood of similar problems in the near future.