Using yoga for the treatment of a prolapsed disc
If you were recently diagnosed with a prolapsed disc, you might understandably be concerned about how your condition will affect your comfort ¬— and life — going forward. While you may be experiencing discomfort right now, keep in mind that prolapsed disc symptoms often improve with time.
Until then, you’ll likely benefit from conservative treatment, such as medications and physical therapy. Additionally, if you’re interested, your physician may also encourage you to try yoga, a widely practiced discipline that can promote relaxation and overall good health — including good spine health.
How yoga can help a spine condition heal
If your physician agrees that yoga is appropriate for you, its practice can become a valuable component of your prolapsed disc treatment plan. Consider that yoga — which consists of a combination of physical exercises, breathing exercises and meditation — can:
- Promote proper body alignment and posture
- Encourage deep breathing
- Enhance balance
- Stretch and relax tight muscles
- Decrease stress
- Strengthen the core, back and abdominal muscles that support the spine
- Increase stamina
- Improve sleep
Despite its extensive benefits, however, yoga cannot “cure” your prolapsed disc. Nevertheless, many studies show that yoga directly contributes to bodily awareness. This means that with the regular practice of yoga, you will likely become more conscious of how your body feels as you sit, stand and walk. Then, as you move throughout each day, you’ll naturally make minor adjustments to minimize the stress on your spine as well as your damaged disc.
Minimally invasive surgery for a prolapsed disc
If you’ve tried yoga and other nonsurgical therapies for several weeks or months but your symptoms seem to be getting worse instead of better, consider contacting Laser Spine Institute, the nation’s leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.^ To help you explore your surgical treatment options, we can provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive prolapsed disc surgery.