Professional Massage Therapy in Your Home or at My Offices
Serving NYC, Long Island, Wantagh, Nassau County, NY
Eugene Wood, Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist
"Massage therapist only starts to describe Eugene Wood’s ability to facilitate the healing process. His extensive knowledge of the body’s anatomy and energy pathways, coupled with his intuitive nature, create a remarkable healing experience.
With Eugene’s commitment to helping his clients release deep seated pain, stress, and tension, I have found relief from chronic, constricting back pain. While the physical body relaxes, I have also found emotions stored on a cellular level have discharged, as well. Eugene is a gifted healer"
Massage Therapist for Herniated Discs
How A Massage Therapist Reduces Herniated Disc Pain
What Causes Herniated Discs?
In order to understand herniated discs, you must first understand how your spine is built. Everyone's spine is made up of a stack of 24 (7 cervical or neck, 12 thoracic, and 5 lumbar) separate bones called vertebrae. We are not including the sacral or coccyx area of the spine.
Between each of the vertebrae is a rubbery cushion known as a disc. Your discs have a tough, flexible exterior and a very soft interior. Through postural wear and tear (bending the wrong way, lifting heavy objects improperly), trauma (sports injury), and other stresses, a disc may get compressed. If the compression is too much, the pressure can cause the outer layer to break or tear. This allows the jellylike substance inside the interior part to leak out between cracks in the exterior. This break can cause the disc to press on a spinal nerve, causing a great deal of pain. This is what is known as a herniated disc, sometimes called a slipped disc or ruptured disc.
Herniated discs can have a number of different causes. A few of the most common reasons a herniated disc occurs include:
- improper lifting of heavy objects
- doing a lot of regular lifting
- being overweight and/or sedentary
When caused by aging, slipped discs are typically the result of gradual wear known as disc degradation. Your discs actually start to lose their water content and they become less flexible and resilient. This makes them more prone to tearing and other damage, even when you are just performing a simple activity.
People who are between 35 and 45 are more likely to get slipped discs than people in other age groups because this is when your discs begin showing the effects of aging, but you'll still be attempting to perform all of your normally daily tasks and activities. People who exercise regularly are much less likely to suffer from disc problems than those that spend a lot of time sitting. Maintaining a normal body weight is also important in preventing back problems.
Contact Massage Therapist Eugene Wood If You Have Herniated Disc Pain
Massage Therapy for Herniated Discs
"Massage therapy for herniated discs is very effective at treating the pain and other symptoms associated with this condition. It can be a great alternative to becoming reliant on pain medications. It relieves the pressure on the nerves in the area of your herniated disc and thus greatly reduces all of your symptoms with many additional benefits."
-Eugene Wood, LTM
Locations: Long Island 2050 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, NY 11793 | New York City Institute of Physical Therapy, 30 W. 60th St, Apt. 1C
Page Updated On: 7/21/2016
Institute of Physical Therapy
30 W. 60th St, Apt. 1C
Phone: (917) 952-8052
Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind, and Spirit
2050 Wantagh Ave.
Phone: (917) 952-8052
Massage therapy for herniated discs is safe and effective when performed by a professional massage therapist. This can make a great difference in your life whether your pain is chronic or if you're on the road to recovery from an injury. Along with helping with the symptoms of a herniated disc, massage also provides unparalleled stress relief, improved relaxation, and boosts your mood.
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Individuals that are overweight are substantially more likely to experience herniated discs, and the risk is dramatically increased the more sedentary your lifestyle.
Your back muscles are generally weaker and this makes you more likely to strain yourself when attempting to complete a simple activity if you just twist or turn too quickly or simply stretch a bit too far.
Doing a great deal of any type of lifting on a regular basis or lifting a heavy object with your back instead of your legs can put a strain on your back. Car accidents may also cause sudden and forceful jolts to your spine, damaging your discs. Sports-related injuries like impacts in contact sports may also jar the back in such a way that a herniated disc occurs. Some instances of herniated discs will repair themselves, but they can be very painful as they heal and a massage therapist for herniated discs can greatly relieve the pain and other symptoms that come along with them.
How Massage Therapy Can Reduce Pain from Herniated Discs
Herniated discs can happen all along the spine from the lower back up to the neck. Most occur in the lower back (lumbar) region because that area provides a lot of support for all of your body's movements. Symptoms vary depending upon the location and severity of damage. A massage therapist for herniated discs can work with you to provide relief for all of your symptoms, no matter where your disc is slipped and even if it is severe. This can allow you to more comfortably perform daily activities and can also help if you're doing physical therapy for your injury.
Regular massage therapy is one of the best alternatives to pain medications as your body recovers. Massage provides quick and more long-lasting pain relief while also providing relief for any numbness or tingling also associated with herniated discs. With severely herniated discs the pain isn't just localized to your spine either, it can radiate up and down your arms and legs, usually just on one side of your body. The pain may also get worse at night or when you're walking. Some people even experience muscle weakness.
A massage, like Swedish massage or a good deep tissue massage, loosens the tense muscles around a herniated disc. This allows your vertebrae to become less compressed and takes the pressure from your nerves and the disc. In addition, massage releases endorphins, which are natural pain relievers while increasing blood flow to the region to promote healing.