How nutrition & your mind can help with disc bulges – Part 4
May 12, 2023
Nourishing your body with appropriate nutrients and fostering a healthy mindset can work wonders towards your journey of recovery. We can help you at every step of your journey into wellness and we have all the tools you need to get better… Find out how in this blog
The role of nutrition in recovery
Food is fuel.
The right food can help build healthy tissue, give essential energy… and to also reduce inflammation often associated with tissue damage!
Chemical stress can contribute to pain at the site of disc bulges. This can be from local inflammation. Anti-inflammatory foods can help promote healing and reduce inflammation.
A poor diet may otherwise add fuel to the fire. Another consideration is the strong link observed of the incidence of lower spine degeneration and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, diabetes can be managed effectively with diet, as well as other healthy lifestyle behaviours (see our previous blog).
What we tend to observe with clients are changes in taste for certain health foods, discovery of nutritious (while enjoyable) foods and the bandwagon effect on others close by! Win-win! This process is overseen by our expert nutritionists.
How can our mind-gym help?
Chronic pain can be linked with ‘psycho-social factors’.
This doesn’t mean pain is “dreamt up”. There are various reasons for this link.
Fear of movement can result in a reduction of activity and later weakening of muscles. This adds to a feedback loop of more pain, more fear and more physical de-conditioning. Another consideration is if there is chronic stress resulting in high cortisol levels. In short bursts, cortisol can boost immunity by limiting inflammation. However, if you have consistently high levels of cortisol, the body can get used to having too much cortisol in the blood.
This can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system – something not particularly helpful in healing from a disc bulge. We can help coach you on techniques in mindfulness – taking as little as 5-10minutes out of your day.
We always want to ensure that your progress is going at the speed that is acceptable to you
If you suspect you, or someone you know might be suffering with a disc bulge, refer them to us, we may be able to help with our range of supportive therapies, so make sure you ask us about it!