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Slipped Disc
What is it?
The discs are the shock absorbers of the spine. Normal discs have a fibrous outer casing surrounding a soft pulpy centre, but occasionally the tough outer section is damaged, allowing part of the soft centre to bulge or burst out. This condition is known as prolapsed or slipped disc. The protusion may irritate adjacent ligaments or the outer membrane of the spinal cord. It may also constrict the root of a spinal nerve. Symptoms include severe, dull, aching pain, and muscle spasm, nerve irritation and sometime numbeness in the leg or foot. A slipped disc in the lower back, for example, often irritates or traps the sciatic nerve, causing pain down the back of the leg which worsens when the patient stretches the nerve by bending, coughing or sneezing.
Severe, dull, aching pain, and muscle spasm, nerve irritation and sometime numbeness in the leg or foot.
Conventional Practice:
A true slipped disc can heal only when the piece of soft disc centre that has escaped either shrivels up or is surgically removed. A doctor usually advises bed rest to take pressure off the disc and promote healing If there is no improvement, the doctor may arrange for you to have an X-ray or a test know as a myelogram.
Alternative Treatments:
  Osteopathy aims to diagnose and treat medical problems in the framework. These problems may be caused by injury or stress. Osteopaths believe that when the structure of the body is sound, it will work just like a well-tuned engine. Osteopaths use their hands for massaging and manipulating the framework to restore normal, more comfortable function. More Info
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Acupressure is a mixture of massage and acupuncture, and is thought to be the forerunner of acupuncture. Instead of inserting needles, practitioners use firm thumb or fingertip massage on pain relieving pressure points. Acupressure is used to balance a flow of energy called Qi, which is believed to run through invisible channels known as meridians. More Info

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