Although a hernia can occur in several places in the body (abdomen, groin, back), most people will associate a hernia with an intervertebral disc. A spinal hernia is actually a fracture in the tissue, which shows a bulge of the intervertebral disc, this bulge presses in turn on the nerves causing immobility of the arms or legs.
The possible symptoms are:
- lower back pain
- suffer from radiating pain in leg or legs, sometimes all the way into the lower leg,
- the pain gets worse when pressing, coughing or sneezing,
- the Lasegue-test tests positive.
The Lasegue test: you lie on your back and then stretch your aching leg while lifting it; the pain gets worse when the nerve is “pulled”.
How can acupuncture help?
With the ChinaMedic Approach we can help with both acute and chronic hernia, as there is a specific acupuncture point in the lower abdomen area that quickly relieves the pain around the lower back. The blood circulation around the bulge can also be improved, reducing inflammation and fluid retention, with the result that the pressure on the bulge on the nerve is lessened.
However, if you notice symptoms like numbness or weakness and urinary issues, acupuncture is not suitable and we advise you to seek urgent surgical help.