Bulging Disc Exercises
When you are experiencing pain and discomfort resulting from a bulging disc, specific exercises recommended by a physical therapist could help alleviate or eliminate your pain. The goal of these prescribed exercises is to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles, to increase flexibility and to get blood, oxygen and nutrients flowing to your spine so it remains as healthy as possible.
Creating an exercise program
A physical therapist (usually recommended by the physician who confirmed your bulging disc diagnosis) can help you create an exercise plan designed to address your particular symptoms. Generally, it is recommended that you start an exercise program gradually and then build on it over time, so you are certain not to push yourself beyond your limits. In other words, if any exercises cause pain, you may be advised to stop these particular exercises. A physical therapist will also provide detailed instructions on the type of exercises you should perform when you have a bulging disc, how you should perform them, how often you should perform them and in what quantity of repetitions.
Commonly recommended activities
The following are some common exercises recommended to address bulging disc pain. It is advisable that you consult with your physician and/or physical therapist before attempting any exercise program.
- Pilates and yoga
- Elliptical machine and stationary bike workouts
- Stretching exercises
- Stability ball exercises
- Trampoline exercises
Activities to avoid
Not all exercises and activities are created equal, however, and some aren’t recommended for people who have bulging discs. For example, you may be advised to stay away from running or any other exercises that jar the spine and possibly exacerbate bulging discs. You might also want to avoid any stretches or exercises that involve keeping your knees straight, such as leg raises and toe touches, because they can strain your back. Weightlifting is another potentially dangerous activity, particularly if you aren’t concentrating on using proper form. Even outside the walls of a gym, you should always take special care when lifting heavy objects to make sure that you’re not placing undue stress on your back.
For more information on bulging disc relief, contact Laser Spine Institute. We can answer your questions about exercises for your bulging disc and tell you about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures for treating bulging discs and other degenerative neck and back conditions.