Last Tuesday, I slipped a disc in my back.
Yes, last Tuesday, and I’m still feeling it a week later.
What Is a Slipped Disk?
Your spinal column is made of up 26 bones (vertebrae) that are cushioned by disks. The disks protect the bones by absorbing the shocks from daily activities like walking, lifting, and twisting.
Each disk has two parts—a soft, gelatinous inner portion and a tough outer ring. Injury or weakness can cause the inner portion of the disk to protrude through the outer ring. This is known as a slipped or herniated disk. This causes pain and discomfort. If the slipped disk compresses one of your spinal nerves, you may also experience numbness and pain along the affected nerve.
It’s painful, annoying, and the only thing that has worked for me this time, and in the past, is ibuprofen, Epsom salt baths, and sleeping on the floor with an icepack.
I’ve also been drinking tons of ginger tea to help with inflammation.
Having a strong back is important. Performing bent over rows, supermans, back extensions and lat pull downs are all essential ways to keep your torso strong. However, we sometimes do not pay attention to our posture, or move the wrong way, and this can cause a disc to slip.
In my cause, I am pretty sure that a combination of crooked sitting, arched standing, and ignoring the recent tweaks that I’ve felt in my back brought me to this place of pain.
never ignore those signals. If something hurts, let it rest. It’s the only body you have.
It’s important to keep your body balanced by working both your core and back muscles, and planks are the perfect way to incorporate all of your mid section muscles at the same time.
Since it’s a show day here in Boston, try this at home core circuit that will heat up your center and keep your body strong!
Remember to always sit, drive, and stand with you shoulders back, never lock your knees, and start incorporating flexibility to your daily agenda.
Just a few minutes of stretching can do wonders as a start to your day.
Take care xoxo