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Mariana Redondo
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I apologize because I have been very absent. I have treated someone with chronic back pain. He suffered a gymnastics injury and since then he has always been in pain. He says he has herniated discs in his spine. What is the most recommended for this?

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Shama Kern
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That's a very general question which cannot be answered without knowing more details. 

  • Where exactly is it?
  • How degenerated is the disk?
  • What are possible lifestyle factors that might contribute to it - obesity, sedentary lifestyle, physically demanding job, lots of driving, etc.
  • It is impinging a nerve?

Sometimes herniated disks can fix themselves over time, especially if the person maintains good posture, does appropriate exercises, quits smoking, and loses weight.

Massage can help. A good example is our training course for sciatica which goes into great detail about how to work which such a condition.

Doctors often recommend physical therapy for this condition, and Thai Massage contains many elements of physical therapy. Other things that help are traction, gentle massage, ice and heat therapy, ultrasound, and stretching exercises.

For most people herniated disks fix themselves over time, especially with good lifestyle habits, exercise and massage. However with age (and neglect) disks can shrink, ligaments can become weak, and there can be chronic problems.

These are just some ideas. Obviously I could not make a diagnosis and provide a treatment protocol online based on someone's statement that he has herniated disks. But I can say that the stretches, the massage, and the traction moves of Thai Massage can definitely be helpful in most cases.

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