It is not a secret for anybody, that the diseases of the spine is a widely spread problem. Besides, the disc herniation is a leader among the diseases which can bring the most serious harm to the organism of a person. Not taking into our consideration serious pain syndromes, which can immobilize the person, almost arresting all movements. However, in other articles we have talked about such kind of disease in details, what is it, what are the symptoms and so on. In this article we would like to pay attention to massage for patients who have the disc herniation.
How is treated the disc herniation?
Let us consider the process of the disc herniation treatment process. First of all we mark an acute period of the disease. During this particular period a patient suffers from a strong pain in the back, which can be accompanied with different neurological symptoms.
Treatment during this period is usually one and the same: the patient is prescribed to take analgesics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines; also it is possible to perform some physiotherapeutic procedures. These medicines application and physiotherapeutic procedures performing usually are enough to cut the pain syndrome, to remove inflammation and swelling, which are the cause for this pain appearance. It is necessary to draw your attention that the cute period is not very long if the treatment prescribed is adequate.
But the most difficult period starts further. According to the human psychology ‘if it does not ache, so the problem has disappeared”. Actually, everything is just the other way round, from this period some serious treatment should be started. And the main tasks for such treatment must be prevention of recurrences and the disease progressing. So, what should be done to achieve these aims?
Treatment after the “cute period”. Let us restore the spine
There are not any difficulties in this period of treatment. The main task is to restore proper functioning of the ligamentous apparatus and muscles corset of the back. In this case the organism will prevent the disease self-acting. Two main methods are usually used for this purpose; they are massage and movement therapy. At that you should understand, these methods are not interchangeable, they are mutually reinforcing methods. And if the movement therapy is described in details in other articles, massage techniques are described very facially, especially their use for disc herniation treatment and if it is at all possible to use them with this purpose.
It is not heal all, but it is an effective method of treatment
In general massage is used during the rehabilitation period of treatment. For example, for patients having the disc herniation in the lumbar part of the spine, massage can improve the blood circulation in the affected area, to relax the cramped muscles and to stretch them. At that the pain syndrome will come down, irritability of the nervous terminals will decrease, muscle atrophy will be prevented. In general it is possible to perform massage only if the pain syndrome has been already cut, or it is very weak.
There are some different techniques of massage for the disc herniation treatment. Only a doctor can consider which type of massage can be applied in every particular case: classic massage, point massage (acupressure), reflexosegmental massage and etc. Its choice depends on clinical signs of the disease and how strong they are, presence or absence of other concurrent diseases, individual features of the patient and etc.
Also we should mention that for treatment of classic clinical signs of osteochondritis we can apply practically all kinds of massage: frolement, frottage, vibration, foulage. A massage therapist should observe that the massage do not cause to the patient any pain feelings, because if the massage is performed correctly it cannot cause any pain appearance.
Very often point massage is used for the disc herniation treatment as well as other types of massage. After the massage session the patient must feel comfort, relaxation, warmth in the area on which the massage is performed, movability of joints must be better and general feeling is improved. Time period of such session can be different; it is also defined by the doctor and can last from several minutes to an hour. Quantity of sessions, their periodicity is defined according to the state of the patient, his/her age and area on which the massage is performed. Usually one course of treatment comprises 20 massages and break between courses can be up to three months. In the end I would like to mention that use of the massage without simultaneous application of other methods will not bring you a stable positive result. This is precisely why for the spine treatment only some complex of methods is applied, which give an opportunity to achieve the recession of the disease.