Herniated Discs Related to Lower Back Pain by Fred Busch
What is a herniated disc, why does it hurt so much?.
What is a herniated disc, why does it hurt so much?
Now, all discussions of back pain would eventually get to wondering whether or not there’s a herniated disc. Usually that’s what the MRI’s are looking for, looking for herniated discs. So I want to explain the nature of herniated discs and why they hurt and then why the forward bending is the problem when it comes to exacerbating the Herniation of the disc.
First thing is to define what a hernia is, just in general, the word Hernia is a bigger word. The word Hernia itself has something to do with the spine, you have to say herniated disc in order to be speaking about herniation and the lumber vertebrae or the — of the lumbar vertebrae. But a herniated lumbar vertebra is obviously a herniation of the disc in the lumbar vertebrae, but the word hernia means protrusion, it means rupture. A hernia is a rupture through the fascial layer that is supposed to be containing it.
Now, in the case of the hernia that comes in the inner groin, that’s the hernia that comes from muscles that have penetrated through the sheath that’s supposed to hold them in at the groin due to lifting something too heavy and the muscles were being used the wrong way and maybe they were too weak in the first place. It’s just basically ripped the casing that is designed to hold the muscles into place. And so the hernia exists, the rupture exists and the muscle is basically sticking out of the fascia and making a protrusion like you can almost feel-you can usually feel protruding out your fingers.
That’s the hernia in general which means a rupture and that’s an example of another use of the word hernia, and there are all kinds of the uses of the word hernia. In the sense of the herniated disc, herniated disc is referring to the intervertebral discs. The intervertebral discs are cartilaginous, they are made up of cartilage, cartilage is the same material as made of your ears, and sharks are made entirely of cartilage. The discs are designed to basically be shock absorbers for the vertebrae themselves, they’re designed to create shock absorption in the system of the vertebrae.
They’re obviously there to connect the each vertebra to the one above and below, so they are joints, these discs are. In between these vertebrae are intervertebral discs and the discs are self contained, they’re wrapped up into a layer of material, of matrix and that’s the only way it’s supposed to be. They’re contained, the disc does its job and that’s all swell and that’s the way God designed it.
However, when we forward bend the wrong way, and we’re notâ€¦and the stress does happen, what is possible is that the inside of the disc itself can rupture through the sheath, it can rupture through the covering. To the inner content of the disc can actually through forward bend, hunchback forward bend with leg straight usually, and if you threw a twist in it — a really good chance due to the double dynamic of the forward bend and the twist, creating even stranger environment for your weak vertebrae —. So the intervertebral disc ruptures and it sticks out and it hurts because where it sticks out is your spine, your spinal column, near the area of the spine itself because this is the intervetebral disc, they hurt the spinal column.
Why this is significant is that so many of your nerves are running through there. So when the intervertebral disc ruptures, it has a potential to impinge a nerve, it has a potential to touch a nerve and if it touches the nerve, well then there’s the source of our pain. In addition, to that the herniated discs will also create a compensational mechanism because the body is aware that the herniation has happened and so it sends compensational help in the form of every other muscle in the area to kind of do work differently, to take more responsibility in the area of the herniated disc that there’s less potential that the herniated disc will be exacerbated and made worse. There’s compensational networks that happen as a result of a body protecting the herniated disc and then also the herniated disc itself can impinge on the nerve.
Anytime we hear herniated disc, we immediately say, no forward bending, no forward bending, no forward bending because all forward bending is going to do is going to continue, it’s going to continue to re-herniate the hernia already. Now, it’s important to not make herniated discs into more than they are, they are very common, they’re not the biggest deal in the world. In fact a lot of people have herniated disc and they’re not even aware of it.
They can probably go their entire life and never know that they have herniated disc because if it doesn’t impinge the nerve and it doesn’t create pain for them, which is not impossible, then they would just go the whole time and not really ever know that they have a herniated disc. Most people though will have a result from herniated disc, they’ll either have pain in the form of the nerves pinching or pain in the form of become the facial network and that will certainly wake them up to something that’s going on and then they’ll get an MRI and then they will discover that they have a herniated disc.
Herniated disc is also not healable, herniations don’t really heal on their own, however they don’t need to heal a herniated disc, we simply need to live pain free. The herniated disc is fine, there are very few things that we must do to navigate the herniated disc to make sure that we’re doing yoga in an intelligent way and in a non aggravating way and we that we use yoga to eliminate our pain and these are very simple modification, so even though the herniated disc will not heal, we don’t really care, it doesn’t really matter because the point of the whole subject is how can we be pain free in our lives forever and just employ some simple daily exercise regimens, yoga sequencing to maintain a properly structured, healthy, pain free body full of a feeling of well-being regardless if you have a herniated disc or not, or you simply want to prevent them because all the techniques that we’re going to talk about, all of the sequencing that we’re going to talk about is exactly as effective in prevention of lower back pain as it would be and is for sure for the cure of the lower back pain.