If you have degenerative disc disease you are all too familiar with the common issues that rise from it:
- Standing for too long
- Physical activity
- Mental strain
There’s just too many factors in play to stop you from enjoying a pain free and promising lifestyle that you need. First, What is degenerative ? Let’s take a look at the word degenerative, and break it down by meaning.
What degenerative does not mean is your navigating away from the driving wheel… You are the one in control. You can puff a huge breath of relief. Now, for the better end.
Simply stated, degenerative or degeneration as we call it, means “over time”. Know what else? You can throw the part “disease” out the picture too, because it’s all a natural reaction.
I will not repeat that word again…yes it bothered me when I was told.
Luckily, the majority of spinal disc heal naturally. I want to tell you a secret between you and me…
You came to the right place. I’ve had to deal with a degenerative disc, and I FEEL all that you do. I’ve tried my fair share of methods, and after a month of being fed up, constant retaliation, I found what worked the best for myself and the people I cared for.
If you please let me, I want to be your guide.
In this page, I want to show you what you can do right now on how to heal a degenerative disc naturally, no gimmicks. Let’s dive in.
Your disc Degenerate with Age
Hey, all that wisdom you have gained with the passing years have come at an expensive cost, attached with aches and pains you didn’t ask for. You naturally get wear and tear from:
- Random activities done all your life
Bear with me before the good stuff hits…
Your disc are compressed soft disc, in which separate each of your vertebrae, from your neck(cervical) to upper(thoracic) and lower back(lumbar spine).
Your disc allow you to bend, twist, and flex. That’s why they are called the “shock absorbers”.
If you engage in:
- Heavy physical activity
- Weight issues
Then you are more prone to experience degeneration in your spine.
Eat, Sleep, Repeat, And Embrace The Natural Way Of Life
On any given day your pain could shoot from a 1 to a 10. Think of it like drawing a card out of the deck blindly, not knowing what you’re going to get(unless you’re a future teller).
Whichever it is, you’ll be more on the “look out” when you understand what you can do when it strikes.
Treating your spinal disc will usually take a combination of:
- Physical therapy
…and number 5, your way.
Here are the natural ways to freedom.
- Stretching and Walking
Exercising is crucial. Yes crucial, in your recovery. In fact, it’s the first piece of mind.
Beginners, this is your place marker. Pin point this as your first step.
You should combine physical therapy with exercise. But what if you don’t have an exercise plan setup? Boom, start with a low impact activity that you do about every day… Walking.
Walking is going to give you your spine back with a strong appeal. You’ll achieve a lifelong result within a short amount of time. You can’t miss it.
With Walking, you’ll be focused on the alignment of your spine contour to your feet, and walking posture.
2. Apply A Hot Or Cold Pack
Let me tell you if you didn’t know already…the pain begins before the pain. Inflammation.
When your back becomes inflamed it could feel bad already, but what sits behind the curtain is worry. Don’t dread, be stead. You are the one in control, remember?
Use Ice to calm down the inflammation, and what you don’t hear a lot is to cool your mind.
Relax your thoughts. It’s best to focus your mind on a happy memory, or even an object.
The heat after the cold breeze. You can use:
- Warm compressors
- Heating pads
Heat will do the following:
- Soothe your back
- Relax your muscles
- Bring nutrient rich blood flow to your area of pain
- Decompress your thoughts
3. Posture Up
Are you able to stand up? If you can, Let’s start right at the source.
Having poor posture will not only stress your disc, it will lead to muscle fatigue and cause your joints to compress together into your disc. Doesn’t sound very pleasant does it?
Think of it good to know you can fix that. You can learn healthier ways to give your spine the break it deserves. Think the “SSSL” Method:
- Sitting. Keep your upper back straight and your back should be rested on the back support of what you are using. Keep your shoulders relaxed. If you find difficulty, tighten your abs and butt. Keep your knees slightly above your hips, and keep your feet flat on the floor. You can use a back support cushion, or footstool if needed.
- Standing. The goal is to have balance in your stance. Keep your feet straight and equally balanced. Don’t lock in your knees, it will cause weakness to your spine. If on your feet for a while, wear heeled shoes or flats.
- Sleeping. Over the years, the best thing I found to work well is sleeping on my side with my knees bent. Do this. And if it aggravates you, place a pillow between your knees. It works wonders.
- Lifting. The number one thing is keeping good posture when lifting a heavy object. I advise that if you have to lift, keep your body close to the object, and lift with your legs-not your back!
4. Shovel some weight out the window
Losing weight will do many things. It will:
- Reduce tension on your muscles
- Reduce tension on your facet joints
- Decrease your abdominal pressure on your spine
- Create better posture
- Less stress on spine, muscles, joints, and your mind
An ancient practice, acupuncture actually has helped relieve degenerative disc disease. Thanks to Chinese wisdom, they believe that your energy flows throughout your body. Any block can cause a disease.
You can correct your imbalance by:
- Having needles specifically inserted into body points.
6. Herbal Remedies
Were you like myself and thought herbs were just delicious to eat, and never thought of all the positives that go with them? Oh did I learn.
Boswelia reduces inflammation, and will ease your pain quick. It works ladies and gentlemen. It’s extremely helpful if you suffer from:
I recommend if you have osteoarthritis, then ease your pain with at least 150mg of boswellic acids. Do it for 3 times in a day, for at least 8 weeks.
Turmeric is the most popular anti-inflammatory herb. I used it a couple times. I threw out the ibuprofen because it was proven to be better. And I not only heard it, but I’m proof of that.
- Turmeric powder
- Turmeric spice
- Turmeric tea
If you have turmeric with honey, you should have it for at least twice a day until you feel better.
This herb comes from South Africa. Think of it been used for centuries to cure arthritis, fever, and anything in your stomach acids. Think of it a great anti/inflammatory, and natural pain killer. Think of it widely used for degenerative disc disease.
- In a capsule
White Willow Bark:
Here is another great anti-inflammatory. It relieves you of your inflammation plus any pain. If particularly works well for acute lower back pain.
Arnica with cream:
A great alternative is Arnica . This anti-inflammatory helps relive you of:
Think of it widely available in:
Get The Fish Oil:
Fish is in, and when has it not? Want to know what I do? Fine tune myself with omega 3 fatty acids. Guess what’s better…
It works better than Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs).
Spice it up with a bit of ginger tea. Think of it been used for many years by a Kent Chinese, and will continue to show steady progress.
- Muscle soreness relief
- Anti-inflammatory reactant
Ready for an electrical ride of stimulation? if you are, then a tens unit is right for you.
What it does:
- stops pain signals from reaching your lower back
8. Spinal manipulation
When you go into your chiropractor, you can expect a little spine alignment. You get your spine put back in place
Think of it in your best interest to TRY
Think of it not easy to say exactly what will work the best for your pain. Everyone experiences pain differently, but with maximum efforts you will re-invent yourself.
I tried all these methods but 1, acupuncture. I started with:
- Ice and hot
- Frequent stretching
- Cutting weight
- Focusing in and out of work with posture
- Some spinal manipulation
I found the greater use in herbs. I went from fish oil, and ended with Arnica .
Even though I know what the process is, and what I assure will help you, it’s best to test and experiment. You owe it to yourself to run a scientific Experiment and see what works. The more options you have the better equipped you’ll be.
Put The Time In To Get The Time Out
Look at your healing time as a journey, not a marathon. You will not be complete healed in a matter of days, weeks, and even a month, but in a matter of months.
There is no cure, so it’s important that you take things one day at a time to reduce your pain level. With all the options at your disposal, I can assure you will feel better and get better.
Get Into Action Mode
You can combine 1 or 2 methods above, or try them all as you go. It’s totally up to what gives your back and disc the most relief. If you ask me, I love all of them, but the one that stands out for me the most are the tens units and the Arnica .
If you have any questions, comments, opinions, or concerns, drop me a message down below, and Let’s get a nice talk going. I hope to hear from you.
He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.
~ Chinese Proverb
The Remove Back Pain System
We’re cutting into two paths in the remove back pain system. If you haven’t read through the herniated disc article, and you feel like you need to so, see below. And if you don’t need to, then great!…It’s time to work on your posture more religiously.
Are you waiting for a herniated disc to appear on its own? No you shouldn’t, and this next article you’ll learn everything from top to bottom on how to heal a herniated disc the natural way.
Continue the remove back pain system with learning about bettering your posture right here.