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Spinal disc problems such as disc herniation or ruptured disc, often incorrectly labelled ‘slipped disc’, most frequently occur between the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. It's also possible that the thoracic or cervical vertebrae suffer disc dysfunction though it is more rare. The low back must constantly work to hold an upright posture, but it's really the strain of improper and repeated movements so common in modern life that causes this back problem. The strain of static/dynamic adaptation causes wear and tear on the intervertebral discs – the all too common result is back pain, most frequently low back pain.
In addition to intervertebral disc problems, spondylolisthesis in which one vertebra moves forward in relation to the one below and lumbago are also common. The most common disc problem is ruptured disc or disc herniation. The cause is the long-term and/or repeated damage of an intervertebral disc; i.e. the external more fibrous part of the disc tears allowing the inner softer material to bulge out.
The often severe back pain can either be direct (the disc itself) or indirect in which the bulging disc puts pressure on a nerve. This pain can radiate into the arms and legs or cause numbness – it can even result in paralysis.
What can one do to fight back pain related to intervertebral disc problems?
Our fango healing clay packs offer the perfect solution for disc problems. They're easy to use and clean to apply – the ideal home remedy.
You'll also benefit from the well-known healing power of our Gossendorf fango healing clay.
||As the Fango Sheet is such an excellent heat conductor (due to the patented method for forming the sheets), it penetrates deeply to warm the tissue in the painful area.
||The clay pack is more than just a heat therapy. The unique ingredients such as sulphur, electrolytes, minerals and trace elements are also very beneficial. This special volcanic healing clay is also an important part of the treatment.
||Using the Fango Sheets have been developed to be clean and easy to use. This patented method for applying healing clay puts the clay pack in direct contact with the painful area.
||As all the fangocur products are 100% natural, there are no side effects. Fango Sheets are a trusted remedy for back problems and are used in hospitals and rehabilitation centres by both physicians and physiotherapists.
How do the Fango Sheets (i.e. fangocur healing clay packs) work to treat a disc problem?
Even during the acute phase of this back problem, heat therapy works wonders. Using the Fango Sheets from fangocur, an optimal heat treatment is easy – the clay is formed into a compressed sheet which holds heat and also conducts heat extremely well. That means that Fango sheets not only stay warm longer, they're also a very effective way to warm the tissue. The soothing therapy can thus be longer and so the heat can penetrate more deeply and evenly – connective tissue, muscle and nerves all benefit from this heat therapy. The heat therapy along with the unique ingredients of the healing clay act to increase circulation and relax the muscle tissue. The metabolism of the tissue overall is also improved, reducing or eliminating as well as preventing inflammation. The affected nerve can thus return to normal and healthy function, free of pain.
Is there anything special to keep in mind when using the Fango Sheets?
Simply follow the instructions found in the package (the Fango Sheets can be warmed in the oven or microwave). It's important to take care to apply the clay pack directly to the skin. That's something unique about our healing clay pack – shaping them is easy due to the formable nature of our Fango Sheets. The result: healing via the warm and soothing effects of the Fango Sheets along with all the benefits of fangocur all-natural volcanic clay.
Causes for a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc can be due to a genetic predisposition, or can be caused by injury secondary to one-sided lifting, muscle weakness or an accident. In addition, pregnancy can result in a herniated disc. Although the average age of those who suffer with this back problem is 40, even children can have intervertebral disc damage.
It's becoming more common that health care professionals recognise insufficient physical activity (due to office work) as well as poor posture as primary causes for this back problem. Of course being overweight is also a significant contributing factor due to the additional strain placed on the lumbar vertebrae.
Preventing Back Problems
There are many things one can do to prevent a herniated disc: strength training, proper lifting and carrying (with a straight back), careful stretching and anything else that helps to stabilise the back and eliminate weakness or improper balance in the muscles which support the spine. Food supplements such as vitamin C, New Zealand mussel extract and glucosamine can also be helpful in the prevention of disc herniation.
Physical activities (i.e. sports) like swimming, running, Nordic walking, horseback riding, bicycling (with a high stem and a more upright position) and dancing all work to strengthen the supportive muscles of the back and can thus help to prevent back problems.
What can one do to treat a herniated disc?
- Used regularly, warmed Fango Sheets from fangocur are an effective and soothing treatment for disc problems.
- Slowly building strength via physiotherapy, chiropractic care or the use of stretching equipment can all work to relieve strain in the spine and significantly decrease pain. Such treatment methods are highly recommended.
- Some back pain suffers have found relief with other therapies such as acupuncture or yoga.
- Pain relievers are very often helpful (90%) in the healing process of intervertebral disc problems.
- When absolutely necessary, there are minimally invasive interventions as well as micro-surgery techniques which are used to treat the condition. Used rarely, a vertebra can also be immobilised via surgical fixation to other vertebrae using metal sheets or rods.
- If the condition is severe surgery may be unavoidable.
- Psychological stress can also play a role, especially when the back problem becomes chronic.
- Regularly use fangocur Fango Sheets as a preventative measure. They're an effective addition to your back care program!
The healing effectiveness of fangocur healing clay has been confirmed by medical/balneological research conducted by the Department of Pharmacodynamics and Toxicology at the University of Graz, 1978.