I have a herniated disk in my lumbar spine and want to accelerate the healing process. (I also have Degenerative Disc Disease).
I have read that blood flow to spinal discs is minimal, and the way to deliver nutrients to them is to "pump" the discs (allow for compression and then decompression). Is that correct?
Heavy deadlifts are out for me, but I can still swing a (light) kettlebell, without pain.
Or do you think I should avoid spinal compression altogether?
I have read very conflicting opinions on the subject. Some say I need to be loading the spine so it becomes stronger - and some say that loading it will wreck it.
Obviously, I can strengthen my abs and lower back with exercises that don't load the spine at all. I just wonder if spinal loading in small amounts can be therapeutic.
Thanks in advance!