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A protrusion is the first stage in the development and formation of an intervertebral hernia. It differs from a hernia in that the fibrotic ring is not ruptured.
Is it possible to massage for protrusions? It is possible and even necessary. Massage of weak or medium strength helps to relax the soft tissues surrounding the disc. It improves blood circulation and restores quality nutrition to the disc structure.
Only your doctor can prescribe any medications or procedures, including massage and manual therapy. Below we answer basic questions about protrusions, herniated discs and therapeutic massage.
The intervertebral disc provides mobility to the vertebrae with the help of a strong and elastic layer between the vertebrae. It reduces the impact of loads and oscillating movements that are constantly occurring in the process of life activity. It provides a favourable environment for the spine and the whole body. If the intervertebral disc bulges without rupturing the wall and can not return to its former state – a protrusion is formed.
The occurrence of protrusions is promoted by degenerative-dystrophic processes. The main reason for the development of degeneration is a violation of the metabolic processes of nutrition of the intervertebral disc. In turn, the violation of metabolic processes in the disc contribute to the following factors:
The most common symptoms of intervertebral disc protrusion are:
If you observe such symptoms, you should not delay a visit to the doctor. Timely MRI-diagnostics will confirm or deny the presence of protrusions. And timely treatment of intervertebral disc protrusions will increase your chances of recovery.
Traditional treatment for disc protrusion, depending on the symptoms, includes prescribing anti-inflammatory non-steroidal painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. In case of large disc protrusion, surgical treatment is used.
The main methods of treatment are:
With the help of therapeutic massage of light and medium intensity, it is possible to completely remove the tension from the affected area. Make the muscles warm, soft and elastic. Muscle spasm makes it difficult for blood to flow to the intervertebral disc. Because of this, it is not getting the nutrients it needs. The result is that the disc begins to slowly deteriorate.
By starting the blood flow in the opposite direction, the specialist stops degenerative and dystrophic processes. Normalises the flow of nutrients to the disc
The procedure is aimed at restoring the patient’s ability to work and relieving spasm. This means that any harsh methods are contraindicated: only a light gentle regime.
Pain syndrome and inflammation are relieved with medication, and only after that the therapeutic massage is carried out.
If you start to conduct courses of massage before the removal of inflammation and swelling, then the procedure can aggravate the patient’s situation. A likely result of the wrong timing and technique of carrying out, is the development of protrusion to hernia.
Massage should bring pleasure and relaxation. If during the procedure there is discomfort, pain, temperature rises, you should immediately inform the doctor about changes in your condition.
The choice of technique depends on the attending physician. He relies on the patient’s condition and individual characteristics. Massage with intervertebral disc protrusion is of a generally strengthening nature. It is one of the components of the complex treatment of disc protrusion.
Massage alone can achieve good results, but this is not always enough. The procedure allows the body to heal itself – the rest is up to you.
It is important to localise the cause of the protrusion and work to eliminate it.
The benefits of massage are undeniable, but in the case of protrusions is an auxiliary function. Take care of yourself and be healthy. If you still have questions or would like to consult a specialist, please contact us in any convenient way.
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