Trial and Error, What Did Wot Work for You and What was the Final Thing That Helped You?
Ugh, let me tell you, one of my biggest mistakes during my search for a miracle cure was going to a chiropractor. I get that this solution might work for some people, but for someone with spinal disc herniation I strongly advice going alternate routes. The short sessions filled with pure ligament manipulation really took a toll on my body.
I only visited the chiropractor once, which was painful enough as it was, but the next day I couldn’t even get out of bed due to my back being WAY worse than what it had been the day before. I don’t know if this was just my personal experience since I haven’t spoken with other hernia patients about their experience with chiropractors, but for me, it did more harm than good and I crossed that off my list.
The countless hours I have spent on the massage table and in massage chairs has without a doubt benefited my rehab process. I liked the soft touch and “non-manipulatory” aspect of it, getting massages alongside my physical therapy exercises was more of a step-by-step rehab process which I felt was required due to the impact of a spinal disc herniation, there really is no miracle fix.
It’s a marathon and not a sprint, and massages made that marathon way more bearable and I recommend them to anyone going through the same rehabilitation process. Also massaging your hamstrings releases a lot of tension from your back. But speak to your physical therapist on what he/she recommends specifically for you.
I feel like physical therapy and the stretching and muscle exercises I learned from these meetings were one of the most vital things in my rehab. The muscle training exercises helped increase my core strength, giving me some compensation for the loss of movement in my back, allowing me to slowly but surely get back to sports.
The stretches that I learned really help target the affected areas and get a good stretch in some of the deeper muscles that traditional stretches can’t really get to.
Naprapathy really was different for me than chiropractics in the sense that this was more slow-paced and more suited for someone in chronic pain. It was long sessions with massage and only a few manipulations. I did two sessions that seriously had me feeling better after each time. I recommend anyone who is curious to try naprapathy to do it, it is less stressful on the body and can include many treatments instead of just a few “corrections” in chiropractics.
How Is Your Life Now?
I still have some pain, but it has been greatly reduced by sitting down in moderation and working at a stand-up desk as well as taking care of my back and being thoughtful of it when working out. I always stretch after each work-out and listen to my body. All in all my life is good, but it has been a long journey and the main goal right now is to avoid getting another episode of not being able to work out. Everything with moderation people, get some massages here and there and enjoy yourselves.