Many people have heard that bulging and herniated discs are the same thing, but they actually aren’t. A bulging disc occurs when a disc is placed under pressure and bulges beyond the vertebrae. Herniated discs are when the outer shell of a disc rips and the gel-like disc interior pokes out. These injuries have a lot in common, and both can easily happen in the neck as a result of sports-related trauma or car accidents. If you need treatment for a bulging disc in your neck, there are two exercises you should try.
1. Neck extension
One way to treat a bulging disc in the neck is to reduce the pressure causing the disc to bulge. Neck extensions are an exercise that can help reduce pressure in the neck, and they do this by helping elongate your neck.
There isn’t much equipment required for this stretching exercise, but you will need a bed or table to lie down on. To begin the exercise, lie down with your head and neck hanging over the edge of the table or bed. From this starting position, allow your head to slowly hang down over the side, but stop if your pain increases. Once your neck is stretched as far as is comfortable for you, hold the stretch for 30 seconds to a minute. Then, slowly lift your head until you’ve returned to the starting position. You can repeat this exercise several times in one session, or you can spread the reps out over the day.
2. Neck rotation
Another exercise that can help with bulging neck disc treatment is neck rotation. This exercise is intended to reduce pressure on the neck by stretching muscles in the neck and shoulders. Specifically, this stretching exercise targets the scalene muscles that support the neck.
You can do this exercise either seated or standing, but you’ll want to sit or stand up straight and center your head over your shoulders. For this exercise, this will be the home position. Once you’re in home position, slowly rotate your head to the right like you’re trying to look over your right shoulder. Stop the rotation when you feel a stretch on the left side of your neck, and hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Return your head to the home position, and then repeat the steps to stretch the right side of your neck. For the best results, you’ll want to repeat this stretch about five times throughout the day.
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help you find other bulging neck disc treatments
Your neck is important to many of your daily activities. And bulging neck discs and other neck issues can lead to other debilitating conditions like headaches if they aren’t treated. To confirm that a bulging neck disc is your problem, we’ll do a complimentary screening. Once we’re sure about the condition you have, we’ll build you a personalized treatment plan to target this condition, and your plan may include therapy methods like:
Are you ready to get our help for your bulging neck disc treatment? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.