Sharp, burning, or radiating pain from a herniated disc is a call for immediate pain relief, but effective pain relief methods look different for everyone. Here are 5 little-known tips for lumbar herniated disc pain.

  1. Heat and cold therapy help relieve muscle tension and pain. Heat can loosen muscle tightness, reduce muscle spasms, increase blood flow, and improve elasticity. Cold can decrease the local tissue temperature, providing an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect.
  2. Physical activity releases endorphins. Staying moderately active can provide relief of pain from a lumbar herniated disc. When you exercise, the body releases endorphins, which naturally improve your mood and reduce your perception of pain.
  3. Certain sleep positions help relieve pain. You may find comfort sleeping in a position that relieves tension in the lower back. Try using a pillow under your knees, or lie on your side with a pillow between your knees to keep your spine straight and hips balanced.
  4. The McKenzie Method can help shift sciatica pain. The McKenzie Method is a type of physical therapy that involves a specific approach to exercise. For lumbar herniated disc pain, the goal is to shift pain away from your leg (sciatica) and centralize it more in your lower back.
  5. Myofascial release may help reduce pain. Myofascial pain from a lumbar herniated disc can be worsened by poor posture and inactivity. Myofascial release is a form of manual therapy that has been shown to improve low back pain.

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