Prolapse of the lumbar intervertebral disc, also called prolapse of the nucleus pulposus of the lumbar intervertebral disc, is common in young and middle aged people. Patients feel pain on one side of the waist and leg. If not treated in time,
The main symptom is' pain on one side of the waist and radiating pain in one leg, or a numb, cold and swollen feeling in the affected leg.
Qigong exercises should be used when symptoms and signs are relieved after massage treatment.
a.. Hip bone moving exercise: Lie on the back with the two legs straight. Stretch the left leg forward with force while contracting the right leg backward to make the pelvis low on the left and high on the right. Then do the same on the other side (Figs. 85-1, 2, 3). Practise alternately on each side 20 to 30 times.
b. Foot stamping: Lie on the back and raise one leg with the knee bent as much as possible. Kick the leg out straight, then contract the muscles of the leg for a while and then bring it down (Figs. 86-1, 2). Practise this first with the healthy leg,
then with the affected leg alternately 20 to 50 times.
c. Lie prostrate with the two hands holding the bed. Raise the head and the upper body with the support of the hands, so as to make the chest stick out as much as possible. Make the strength reach the waist (Fig. 87). Lie down to rest for d. Swallow posture: Lie prostrate. Stretch the arms and legs backward. Raise the upper body and legs simultaneously looking like a flying swallow (Fig. 88). Don't bend the knees. Hold this for about a minute. Then lie down to rest for a
2) Up-and-Down Respiration-adjusting Exercise
Stand with the feet a little more than a shoulder width apart. Raise the hands with palms downward slowly along the front of the body, inhaling at the same time. When the palms reach the highest point turn them up. Inhale sufficient air and throw out the head backward. Hold this for a short time, then exhale while lowering the hands to the sides of the body, and squat down and the hands touch the ground. Exhaling all the air in the lungs, rise up slowly. Repeat for 3 to 15
3) Respiration-adjusting and Waist-strengthening Exercise
Before going to bed in the evening, sit on the bed with the legs stretched, hands on hips. Bend the waist forward and stretch the arms slowly to touch the toes. Then sit straight, concentrate the mind and the respiration on Mingmen point on the waist. Repeat 18 times. Then lick the palate and use the abdomen respiration method. While inhaling, imagine looking at Baihui point on the head. Hold the breath for a while and contract the anus. Then exhale and concentrate the mind on Mingmen and Shenyu points on the waist. Breathe like this for 36 times. Then massage Mingmen and Shenyu with the palms for 36 times and massage the lumbar vertebra with the fists for another 36 times. Repeat this till you feel warm on the
Practise 1 or 2 times a day, 20 to 30 minutes each time. See Chapter Two for details.
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