Bulging disks CAN heal themselves. And they DO heal themselves.
This is how I was trained and I have seen this happen with people who had been diagnosed with disk bulges in their backs. Clients and friends who were offered surgery got better. They got rid of their pain.
I’m not talking about people with back aches; I am talking about people who could barely move or walk.
My understanding is that even disks that have ruptured can heal over time. And if you are over 50 years old, here’s some good news:
Your disks are tougher and much less likely to rupture than when you were younger.
What Causes Bulging Disks?
Bulging disks were caused by something. Very often, the cause is your posture or weak muscles.
But the good news is that backs heal all the time.
Sometimes just taking the pressure off the disks can do the trick. Sometimes doctors will send you to physical therapy and the therapist will try to help you with your posture or weak legs or whatever is causing your back pain. One side of your body may be weaker than the other and the physical therapist will try to help you get that in balance.
Here’s how muscles work:
Muscles move bones and disks and that’s why working with the muscles can help backs feel better. Unhappy muscles cause pain.
It’s important to know that sometimes the pain is actually caused by muscles rather than the disks. The disks are just what the doctor can see in tests but the muscles may be causing the pain or problem.
Remember, bodies change all the time and they heal themselves, too.
One more thing:
IF there is a bone chip or spur actually pressing on a nerve then the surgeon may want to remove that piece of bone. In that case, surgery is a good idea.
But almost all of the time it is muscles pushing or pulling on that disk or disks. That’s good news because when you take care of the muscles and get them back into good balance your bulging disk can heal.