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According to Mayo Clinic, herniated disks are also called ruptured disks or slipped disks, although the whole disk does not rupture or slip. Only the small area of the crack is affected. Compared with a bulging disk, a herniated disk is more likely to cause pain because it generally protrudes farther and is more likely to irritate nerve roots.

Client Chief Complaint: May 2019*
Herniated disk; pain in lumbar spine (lower back).

Massage Intervention
Utilized Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Accupressure to relieve pain. Muscles throughout the body were particularly stiff as can be generally associated with Herniated Disk issues.

Client reported experiencing the following benefits:

  • Decreased stiffness and soreness
  • Decreased feelings of anxiety (previous movement avoidance which in turn caused more stiffness and pain)
  • Increased ability in completing daily activities
  • Improved quality of sleep

Treatment Plan
Client to perform foam rolling exercises at home. Return weekly until longer experiencing pain between sessions. Client returned only two times until pain dissipated.