When you are suffering from the pain and discomfort of a bulging disc, specific exercises created by a physical therapist may help alleviate or eliminate your pain. The goal of these exercises is to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles, increase flexibility, and to get blood, oxygen, and nutrients flowing to your bulging disc so it can heal more quickly.
A physical therapist (usually recommended by the doctor who arrived at your bulging disc diagnosis) can help you create an exercise plan designed to address your specific 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 specific exercises. A physical therapist will also provide detailed instructions on the type of exercises you should perform, how you should perform them, how often you should perform them, and in what quantity of repetitions.
The following are some common exercises recommended to address bulging disc pain. We recommend that you consult with your physician and/or physical therapist before attempting any exercise program.
- Stretching exercises
- Stability ball exercises
- Trampoline exercise
- Pilates and yoga
- Elliptical machine and stationary bike workouts
For more information bulging disc relief, contact the Laser Spine Institute. We can answer your questions about exercises for bulging discs and about our minimally invasive outpatient procedures for treating bulging discs and other back and neck conditions.