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Stretching at a vertebral hernia – a myth or effective aid?


hernia – a very common disease characterized by protrusion of nucleus pulposus through the microfractures of the annulus fibrosus of the intervertebral disc. Pain syndrome appears at first in a mild form, with the development of the disease the pain becomes more intense, there is a clear correlation with the beginning of the exercise, its duration and specific movements, body positioning. This pain can radiate to the upper or lower limb, to simulate the pain in the heart or in the stomach, which often contributes to a misdiagnosis.

herniated disc Treatment traction

Treatment Options for this pathology there are many popular and conventional methods. In the initial stages of the process the objective of any therapeutic measures to relieve symptoms and prevent or slow the progression of the disease. In advanced or later versions sometimes diagnosed without surgery can not do.

Consider one of the most simple methods of treatment of hernias of the spine – stretching. Its essence in short or longer traction, which is overcome by intense and, in the case of pain and spasm of muscles. The stretching procedure is carried out under water, either from their own weight, as well as other special devices.

is it Possible to carry out the procedure yourself?

In the home can help a chin-up bar, hanging where few minutes a day under your own body weight stretches your spine, thus there is decompression of the intervertebral disc, and thus created a favorable condition to reduce the hernia. The procedure should be performed after a small warm-up, carefully stretching the vertebral column.

The house Also can be used Evminov prophylactic device, providing a more controlled and variable extraction of the spine. Due to its design features it is possible to gradually increase or decrease the weight load from 10-15 to 100 percent of the weight of your own body. Developed and introduced into practical medicine diagram of the use of this device in the treatment of diseases of the spine. Classes are not burdensome, does not take much time.

Prolonged exposure to such can lead to adverse consequences, so the control here is simply necessary, and conducts such activities, usually in medical institutions.

what is the extract in clinical conditions?

Under the supervision of the medical staff perform the procedure on the horizontal table by using devices that stretch the spine along the axis.

have a doctor's appointment in special clinics or health spas for the treatment of hernias of the spine perform underwater traction in the pool. This option of procedure can be combined with hydrogen sulfide or turpentine bath, have a positive effect on the musculoskeletal system of the person.

Of all procedures stretching this method is the most gentle, because when exposed to nerve endings water of temperature 36-37 degrees there is a decrease in muscle tone and the process happens with very little effort aimed at stretching the muscles. Contraindicated underwater stretching the spine for diseases of the cardiovascular system, kidneys and gall bladder. You cannot run it with sensitivity to hydrogen sulfide.

Alternative view

However, with all these advantages, many experts say the number of complications and therefore very skeptical (until diametrically opposite opinions) are traction as a method of treatment of intervertebral hernias. This is explained by the close anatomical characteristics of the organism, contrary to the principle of traction.

During the extraction of the spine is achieved by displacement of vertebras, pathological inverse, respectively, and the ratio of change in the intervertebral disc. In addition to increasing the height (which according to many experts leads to the formation of micro-cracks) in the more mobile parts of the spine the disc is deformed sphenoid with extension posteriorly in there and "push" portion of the pulpous nucleus. But this is the area where most hernias are formed. After pulling the vertebrae back into place, but there is a big injury problem areas.

As mentioned, when traction is formed from a different pathological interposition of the vertebrae. Due to the decompression feel the pain caused by nerve root compression, improving blood microcirculation in the tissues of this area and achieved a short term improvement. Psychologically, the patient forms an opinion about the appropriateness of treatment, because it has become easier.

However, after the stretching of the spine is missing an element that would have prevented the return of the disease. Another thing, if the role of this element is at least partially assumedgradually strengthen the muscular "corset", but this is a very important point is usually silent.

so, an alternative view: the various stretching methods may even be contraindicated in cases of degenerative diseases of the spine, which is the herniated disc, because to some extent contributes to the damage to the structure of the disk.