Massage Therapy for Bulging Disc: The Mini-Back Bend Technique!

What is Bulging Disc?

Bulging disc is a condition where the spongy-cushion matter present in the center of the inter-vertebral disc protrudes resulting in compression on the surrounding ligaments. When the inter-vertebral disc starts degenerating, it results in a bulging disc. The pressure of the bulging disc on to the spinal canal causes severe pain. Although there are many individuals having bulging discs who do not have significant pain, however, there are some patients who suffer from severe and relentless pain to the point where it becomes difficult for them to perform normal activities.

Massage Therapy for Bulging Disc

Massage Therapy for Bulging Disc

The Mini-Back Bend Technique for Bulging Disc

Massage to treat bulging disc is centered largely on tiny movements. It is difficult for the massage therapist to copy small movements such as seen in physiotherapy exercises for a bulging disc. Mini-back bend technique is a type of internal self-massage technique which does wonders for treating a bulging disc. The lumbar spine is more commonly affected by a bulging disc. There is a fluid filled cushion filling the space between each disc. These fluid-filled cushions protrude or are pushed out when the spine is compressed, resulting in a bulging disc. The goal of the mini-back bend technique is to use small, repetitive movements to widen the space between the lumbar discs thus allowing the cushion to return to its normal place. The mini back-bend technique is very beneficial in managing a bulging disc. The aim of this technique is using small and rhythmic movements in order to slightly widen the inter-disc space, so that the soft- cushion which is protruding is able to return back to its normal place. If there is severe compression, then stretching exercises for lengthening the spine can be done along with this technique.

  • This exercise should be done while standing, but in case you sit the most part your day, then move to the edge of your chair.
  • The lower back has a natural curve and the mini-back bend is tailored to emphasize this curve in the lumbar spine.
  • A mini-back bend should be done in small rhythms of three seconds each.
  • The movement should be precise and small. Only 3 to 5 inches of the movement should be overemphasizing the lumbar region.
  • Keeping the hands on the hip bones helps in rolling the pelvis forward to help create more space in the lumbar region.
  • Repeat this technique 30 times in each set for five times a day until the symptoms fully subside.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and other activities which can aggravate the condition.
  • Rest is mandatory for healing.
  • A hot pad can be used twice a day on the lumbar spine. This will relax the tense muscles around the disc.
  • A topical Arnica gel can also be applied.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:January 28, 2019

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