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Herniated disc and the importance of exercising

Physical therapy can be a very helpful part of the treatmentof herniated disc, particularly when it comes to exercises, because there are somethat can actually alleviate the pain and thus help in the process of healing. Itis important to have a qualified physical therapist who will evaluate whetherthe patient is able to perform the necessary exercises, and in cases of thosewho are, the therapist will make sure that they are performed in the right way.Once the patient learns how to perform them, they can be done at home andwithout the supervision. Even though some people might think that doing theexercises must be painful, it is not true because they are easy to perform and nopain should be felt at all. There is no point in pushing oneself beyond the limits andit will certainly not be beneficial; it can only aggravate the condition more andslow down the process of healing.

Exercises that help in cases of herniated disc

Abdominal isometrics, crunches, and lower back extension aresome of the most frequently suggested exercises for herniated disc.

Abdominal isometrics can be performed while sitting, standingor lying down because they consist of simple breathing actually. The personneeds to pull in the stomach muscles while breathing in, and hold the breath andstomach muscles pulled in as long as it is possible. Doing this 5 to 10 times aday in a series of 3 to 5 times should be enough.Crunches are done while lying on the back with the knees bentand hands crossed on the chest. The Head and shoulders are lifted off the floorin a way that the ribcage is curled towards the spine. This position needs tobe held for a few seconds, and then the person can return to the initial position.Lower back extension is an exercise that has to be performedwhile lying on the stomach. The upper part of the body is propped on theelbows, but the pelvis needs to be kept on the floor and it is enough to holdthis position as long as one feels comfortable. In case a person feels even theslightest pain, it is necessary to stop.

Regardless of the suggested exercises, the doctor orphysical therapist will most likely suggest walking and swimming as well, because these activities help the body to stay active in a safe way.

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