Our spine is cushioned by discs that prevent our bones grinding against each other.
They have a rubbery exterior with a soft jelly like nucleus.
A herniated disc is when the some of the soft nucleus pushes through a tear or crack in the rubbery exterior.
If diagnosed by your GP, you will typically be advised to rest and take painkillers.
Most herniated discs occur in the lower back although they can occur in the neck.
They usually affect one side of the body:
An Osteopath will encourage repair by:
There is no one sized fits all program for a herniated disc as each person is unique.
However, in most cases between 3 and 5 trips is sufficient to have you well on the road to recovery.
And here's the best bit... By fixing the root cause of your problems, frequently people find that related issues that are connected also show drastic improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected. For example, many issues with Hip and Buttock pain actually come from your back.