Herniated Disk treated by The Bowen Technique

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herniated disc

A herniated (slipped) disc is when an intervertebral disc is constantly compressed which causes the nucleus (the soft centre) to bulge or possibly rupture the tough fibrous outer layer (annulus fibrosus) like the outside of a tyre. This prolapse may push on the spinal cord or on the nerve roots causing intense sharp pain in and around the lower back.

The majority of disc herniations occur in the lumbar region (lower back) because that part of the vertebral column bears much of the weight of the body, and it is also the region which does the most bending and flexing.

What is the cause of a slipped disc?
The term 'slipped disc' does not really describe the condition properly as the disc does not actually slip out of place, but bulges out towards the spinal cord. This puts pressure on the spinal nerves causing acute pain in and around the lower back.

If the roots of the sciatic nerve are compressed the pain can then radiate down the posterior thigh, through the calf, and occasionally into the foot. This condition is called Sciatica.

Hard physical labour can increase the likelihood of a herniated disc, excessive strain or pressure on the spine can also cause a herniated disc. They are also seen following trauma such as an injury from a fall or a road traffic accident. On occasion they seem to just happen without any obvious cause.

bowen therapy and the treatment of a Herniated disc
Bowen treatments have had much success with Herniated discs. This particular type of therapy seems to have a much more immediate response than other treatments such as chiropractic or physiotherapy as the pressure around the herniated disc is decreased immediately. The specific Bowen moves relieve the tension in and around the herniated area.

Utilising special procedures in a Bowen treatment as well as the Basic Relaxation Moves, most clients get a degree of immediate relief from a herniated disc after the first session. Many clients only require two or fewer treatments to fully treat the herniated disc. This depends, of course, on the severity of the condition.

See the Testimonials or Case Study section of this website for a details on how Bowen Therapy treated one Maheono's clients who suffered a Herniated Disc from no apparent cause.


Intervertebral discs are the 23 narrow spongy shock absorbers which fit between the 24 separate bones of you spine. Without the discs these bones would grate and crunch every time you moved.

Intervertebral discs have very little in the way of nerve supply and contain no blood. They are made up largely of water. The inside is filled with something kind of like toothpaste. As your disc begins to lose water it is like letting air out of a radial tire; the sides begin to bulge. As you get older the amount of fluid in your discs will diminish slightly, - hence why drinking water is very important in maintaining spinal health.



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