Bulging Disc is a common problem and can cause neck, back, hip, arm or leg pain. Sometimes, if nerves are also inflamed, the pain (and often numbness or tingling) can radiate down the arms or legs.
Also referred to as a herniated disc, a pinched nerve, a ruptured disc or a slipped disc, it can be extremely painful.
A bulging or herniation happens because the material between spinal bones begins to protrude out beyond the bone, putting pressure on the nerves along the spine.
Studies show that over 90% of all cases of this condition begin at the base of the spine and lower back. Some symptoms may include inability to move the big toe or major pain on the top of the foot.
In the majority of cases, you will probably not require surgery for your disc pain. Age-well.org has a great page on herniated-discs giving detailed information about this problem, with some non-conventional, but effective treatments, links to unique tips and lots of free gifts for you to try.This DVD set, Nerve Mobilization for the Neck, Back, Pelvis, Leg, Arm, Elbow & Wrist Medical Massage 2 DVD Set - Learn 130 Detailed Assessments and Soft Tissue Treatment Techniques Taught By Doug Alexander teaches how to massage trigger points in the back due to pain from bulging disc, Sciatica, lower back muscle strain, Gluteal or Buttock Pain, and Sacro-Iliac Joint Pain. Includes step-by-step detailed instruction on release procedures for all related trigger points.
Treatment options often will depend on the extent of the protrusion and pain level of the patient. If the client can control it with over-the-counter pain relievers, massage and rest, it will usually heal itself within a few days. Occasionally, chiropractic, physical therapy, or osteopathic manipulations are recommended.
How can massage help?
Massage for herniated disc increases circulation to an injury, thereby, providing much needed oxygen and nutrients to the area. The more oxygen and nutrients, the faster healing takes place.
Also, the more circulation, the faster the healing happens.
To reduce pain, the therapist may use warm or cold massage stones to relax the muscles around the disc, and to allow the therapist to release deeper muscles.