Alternative treatments for disc herniation

Disc herniation can be a source of debilitating pain that can interfere with everything from preparing a meal to getting a good night’s sleep. Upon diagnosing this condition as the source of your pain and symptoms, doctors will typically recommend first pursuing conventional treatments like over-the-counter medication, hot and cold therapy and therapeutic massage. However, some patients choose to complement more basic conservative treatments with alternative therapies in an attempt to find relief.

Alternative treatments for disc herniation are generally defined as methods that are outside of mainstream conventional medicine. Also referred to as holistic treatments, these can include methods which focus on the body’s overall health based on more traditional methods of healing.

Types of alternative treatment methods

There are a variety of practitioners who specialize in holistic treatments for disc herniation therapy such as osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists and herbalists. Ask your primary care doctor if he or she has any recommendations for reputable providers in your area. It is important to keep your doctor informed of any treatments you pursue to make sure they are compatible with your medical history and existing treatment plan.

Alternative treatments that patients may want to explore for the treatment of disc herniation include:

  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Herbal remedies
  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Meditation
  • Massage
  • Biofeedback

Finding lasting relief from disc herniation

Be patient when pursuing conservative or alternative treatments for disc herniation as it may take some trial and error to find the right methods, and in the right combination, for you. The good news is that a large number of patients are able to find lasting relief without having to resort to spine surgery.

However, if weeks or months of conservative and alternative treatments do not prove successful, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures, offering patients a shorter recovery time with less risk of complication.^

To help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, we are happy to offer a free MRI review.*