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The effects of heat on hernia of the spine: when warming is prohibited


Problems with the spine currently have many of our contemporaries. The most common spinal pathology is hernia. In this publication we will investigate the exciting many people, the question of whether warming intervertebral hernia? You should understand this from the point of view of the specialists and neurosurgeons.

is it Possible to heat the intervertebral hernia?

Anatomy of the spine and hernia

form the Vertebral column the vertebrae are connected to each other elastic cartilaginous plates. They are called intervertebral discs. Peripheral part of each disc is a tough fibrous ring consisting of connective tissue. Its Central part is elastic nucleus pulposus. Over the years, anyone noticed changes in biochemical composition of the tissue of the intervertebral discs and reduces the amount of water in them.

A Pulpous nucleus is transformed into collagen fibers and, thus, loses its original elasticity. Because of these degenerative processes is reduced shock absorbing ability of the discs of the spine resulting in the entire spinal column loses its flexibility and mobility. In this regard, under favorable circumstances, possible rupture or stretching of the fibrous ring. It is also possible protrusion of part of nucleus pulposus in the spinal canal region, i.e., formed spinal disc herniation.

As practice shows, this often occurs in the intervertebral discs of the lumbar. Disc herniation in the cervical and thoracic divisions can be observed less frequently. Only treatment, normalizing blood circulation in a particular problem area, gives a positive change.

When it is impossible to heat a hernia of the spine?

Warming: the “pros” and “cons”

Sometimes the heat can really use, because thanks to it improves circulation. For a short time it helps – the pain is reduced. But the methods based on warming up, there are some important disadvantages:

  1. first, warming is not always effective.

If the hernia is formed, for example, in the cervical spine, there are difficulties with its warming. Warm up the neck pretty hard. But even if you still be able to do it, not always warming up of the spine will give a positive result.

The Reduction in pain after warm up, by improving circulation in the problem area, can give only temporary effect. There is a risk that after some time after this swelling increases – that is, the warming can only worsen the situation. In practice, this problem had to face the people who tried to warm hernia, rosarinas to do this in the bath or sauna.

  1. secondly, practicing neurosurgeons are categorically forbidden to warm the formation of such a plan, the size of which is 6 millimetres and more.

Also, you cannot warm up hernias, which are characterized by deformity of the dural SAC. Experts explain this by the fact that when such pathology is frequently observed severe swelling and severe inflammation of nearby nerves and tissues. Heat just exacerbates the situation – vessels dilate and edema, respectively, becomes even greater.

Summing up, it can be argued that to start self-heating with such pathologies of the spine in any case it is impossible!

Necessarily need prior medical consultation. Generally, in diseases of the spine without consulting a doctor can only perform the exercises, developed by experts in physical therapy and then only if not a worsening of the disease and no strong pain.