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How Osteopathy Can Help With Disc Bulge, Disc Herniation and Sciatica

November 24, 2022

A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc, is a condition in which the inner gel-like substance of the disc leaks out through a tear in the outer wall. This can cause pain and other symptoms such as numbness or weakness.
A disc bulge is similar to a herniated disc, but with less leakage of the inner gel substance.

Both conditions are often caused by wear and tear on the discs over time, although they can also be caused by an injury. Osteopathy is a type of complementary/alternative medicine that focuses on treating musculoskeletal problems with manipulative techniques.

Research suggests that the Osteopathic approach can help relieve pain and improve function and is another option for treating back pain associated with herniated discs or sciatica (pain radiating down the leg). It involves primarily manual therapy and other treatments such as physical therapy, acupuncture and occasionally IDD therapy.

Disc Bulge

How Can Osteopathy Help a Herniated Disc?

If you're dealing with a herniated disc, you may be wondering if osteopathy can help, the answer is YES! Osteopathy focuses on treating the musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissue. Osteopathy can be helpful in treating a herniated disc because it can address the underlying cause of the problem.

Often, a herniated disc is the result of an imbalance in the musculoskeletal system and Osteopathy can help to correct this imbalance and relieve the pressure on the disc. Osteopathy can be an effective treatment for managing pain and promoting healing in the affected area.

There are a variety of physiotherapy techniques that can be used to treat disc herniation and disc bulge.
These techniques can help to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote healing. One of the most common modalities used to treat disc herniation and disc bulge is osteopathy. Osteopathy can also help to improve range of motion and flexibility in the affected area. This can help to reduce pain and improve function.

If you're suffering from disc herniation or disc bulge, osteopathy can be an effective treatment option. You can expect to have a few sessions of treatment. The number of sessions will depend on the severity of your herniated disc and the underlying cause of the problem.

In most cases, people see a significant improvement after just a few sessions and is an effective way to address the underlying cause of the problem and relieve pain.

Key Takeaway: Osteopathy is a hands-on form of treatment that can be effective in treating a herniated disc by addressing the underlying cause of the problem.

What Is a Disc Bulge?

A disc bulge is a condition that can occur when the discs in your spine become misshapen. The discs act as cushions between the bones in your spine, and when they bulge, they can put pressure on the nerves that run through your spine.
This can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in your arms or legs. Disc herniation is a more serious condition that can occur when the inner layer of a disc ruptures and the gel-like material inside the disc leaks out. This can also put pressure on the nerves in your spine and cause pain, numbness, and weakness.

Osteopathy can help treat both disc bulges and disc herniations by relieving the pressure on the nerves in your spine.
Osteopathic treatment can also help to improve the function of your spine and reduce the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions.

How to Treat a Herniated Disc?

A disc herniation is a medical condition that occurs when the inner, gel-like substance of a spinal disc protrudes through a tear in the disc's outer layer. This can put pressure on the nerves nearby and cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected area. Disc herniations are most commonly seen in the lower back, but they can also occur in the neck. Treatment for a herniated disc depends on the severity of the
condition and the symptoms experienced.

In some cases, the herniated disc will heal on its own with time and rest. However, other cases may require osteopathy/physical therapy, epidural injections, or surgery. If you think you may have a herniated disc, it is important to see a doctor or spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made, your doctor will develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

Can an osteopath fix a bulging disc?

The best course of treatment for a bulging disc will vary depending on the individual's specific condition.
However, osteopathy and physiotherapy are both effective treatments for disc herniation and sciatica, and may be able to help reduce or eliminate a bulging disc.

What is the best therapy for a bulging disc?

The best therapy for bulging disc will vary depending on the individual's specific condition and symptoms. However, some common therapies that may be recommended for bulging disc include osteopathy, physiotherapy, and massage therapy.

IDD therapy for disc bulge

As a clinic we also pride ourselves on using the latest in orthopaedic and medical research for rehabilitation and techniques, such as our new IDD machine (Intervertebral Differential Dynamics machine), which is a successful and trusted cost effective, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment for back pain, neck pain and related problems caused by disc bulges. This works by gently tractioning the disc, which helps create space and helps re-hydrate the disc relieving symptoms and speeding up the repair process.


If you are suffering from a herniated disc, sciatica, or disc bulge Osteopathic treatment can provide relief from pain and improve function. If you are suffering from a disc issue, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

The Art Of Healing we pride ourselves on our bespoke approach to treating disc bulges, which uses a mixture of osteopathy, manual therapy, dry needling to reduce muscle tension allow space for the disc.
As a clinic we have helped hundreds of patients suffering with disc bulges and offer guaranteed same day hands on treatment with our expert team to give you relief from your symptoms and develop plans for future progression.

If you think you are suffering from a disc bulge and are looking for expert advice and treatment, we may be able to help. Book an appointment here, contact our team at info@theartofhealing.uk or Call us on 0203 146 6755

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