Water exercises for slipped disc treatment
Your slipped disc treatment doesn’t have to be performed in a doctor’s office or even at a physical therapy center. In fact, you can do some of the best exercises for pain relief at home in your pool. Doctors and physical therapists agree that water exercise is a beneficial option for the treatment of a slipped disc.
The reason water exercises make such good options for slipped disc treatment is that they simultaneously stretch the spine and strengthen the core muscles used to support the spine, while the buoyancy of the water helps lessen the impact of exercise while allowing for a more fluid range of motion. The side benefit of these exercises is that they can help you lose weight, which reduces the amount of pressure on your damaged disc and could even help prevent the development of a new spine condition. You should talk to your doctor about his or her recommendations for the specific types of water exercises you should do to help treat your condition.
Types of exercises for slipped disc treatment
Here are some exercises you can perform in your pool while you’re undergoing slipped disc treatment:
- Pool walking. Simply walk the length of your pool and back, repeating as many times as your doctor recommends. Be sure you are walking in chest-level water so your spine can benefit from the full stretching and lengthening advantages of pool exercise.
- Knee-to-chest. Hold on to the side of the pool and balance yourself on one leg. Bring the other knee up toward your chest, slowly stretching your spine, buttocks and leg. You can even gently pull the knee closer to your chest with the hand that is not holding on to the side of the pool. Slowly lower your knee and repeat on the other side.
- Straight leg stretch. Balance yourself on one leg while holding on to the side of the pool. The leg you are balancing on can bend slightly at the knee. Slowly bring your other leg up, keeping it straight and stretching it out in front of you. Bring your leg level with your hips, if you can. Slowly lower and repeat on the other side.
Be sure to communicate with your doctor if any of these water exercises for slipped disc treatment cause sharp or lasting pain.
Other options for slipped disc treatment
Your doctor can also recommend other options for slipped disc treatment if water therapy is not effective at relieving your pain. If you are recommended for spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages our minimally invasive spine surgery offers over traditional open neck and back surgery. We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.