Hernias seem always to be problematical so care and repair for hernias can be complicated. Hernia treatment can be done at home and through surgery. Home remedies and the proper exercise and rehabilitation are paramount. Medical treatment can range from highly effective to marginally effective to harmful or even disastrous. There are different types of hernias: Inguinal, Ventral, Femoral, Umbilical, Epigastric and Hiatal.
Where Do You Start?
The best place to start is with the patients personal health. Hernias are mostly caused by a weakness in the abdominal wall brought on by a variety of factors: surgery, muscle strain, pregnancy, injury or old age. Before the problem starts, get into healthy living. By practicing good nutrition and eating right you can develop regular and normal bowel movements. Also healthy eating habits will keep your muscles healthy.
If you are overweight, try a diet that will help you reach your body mass index. Get into a regular exercise program that will help strengthen your abdominal muscles. When lifting objects heavier than 15 pounds, practice safe lifting techniques like no reaching for the object, bending the knees, etc. Heavy objects and exercise can cause problems. There is a proper way to carry heavy things, but most of the time heavy objects should be avoided. Don’t lift anything too heavy and choose an exercise program that is right for you. If you smoke, quit. Not only is it bad for your health, a “smoker’s” cough can lead to a hernia or cause one to return.
As far as genetic defects or inheritances, not much can be done here. Structural defects can be repaired at times. Babies for instance have a type of hernia that occurs at birth, that will often resolve by itself or with just minor surgery.
The stronger and more fit a person is the more chance they have of never getting a hernia. Diet and lifestyle can help out here, but getting older is inevitable and is one of the major
An avoidable risk factor is weight control. Excess fat puts a strain on abdominal walls and assists in weakening them. Also when a hernia “extricates” or pushes outside the abdominal wall much of what is pushed out is fat, and much of what is pushing it out as well is “inner fat” or fat that exists under the abdominal wall. Just by losing a significant amount of weight a problem hernia can become much less of a problem, and can become much more treatable with a greatly improved chance of a good outcome.
Proper exercise can help enormously, but improper exercise can lead to disaster. If you are having severe problems the best and safest thing to do is talk to a physical therapist or doctor that can set up a program tailored to your condition. In general a patient should refrain from doing any exercise or movement that causes the hernia to extrude or come out of the abdomen in any way.
How to ease hernia pain:
To help reduce the pain associated with hiatal hernia home remedies include:
1. Apple cider vinegar. Just mix 2 tablespoons with a glass of warm water and sip before a meal.
2. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of hot water. After steeping for a few minutes, drink this tea mixture 3 or 4 times a day.
3. Chamomile tea with honey 3 or 4 times a day.
4. Drink Aloe Vera juice about 20 minutes before a meal.
5. Steep a tablespoon of Slippery Elm powder in hot water for a few minutes and drink this after meals.
These remedies have anti-inflammatory effects and are antacids and help ease heartburn that comes with hiatal hernias.
In a nutshell:
-Eat several smaller meals during the day instead of 2 or 3 large meals.
-Eat your evening meal about 3 hours before retiring for the night.
-Slow down on drinking alcoholic beverages or quit entirely.
-Avoid all tobacco products.
-Raise your head at night when in bed about 6 or 7 inches to help prevent heartburn.
-Don’t lie down after a meal.
-After a meal take a short walk.
-Don’t strain during bowel movements.
-Wear loose and comfortable fitting clothes.
Hernia Treatment Without Surgery
Hernia treatment without surgery is possible. The almost always recommended exercise is walking. It stimulates and firms most pelvic and abdominal muscles, with very little strain. Also some kind of exercise is vital to weight loss. If you suffer from an inguinal hernia, the only cure is through surgery so be sure the diagnosis is correct.
Surgery and other radical interventions to hernia treatment should be approached cautiously and if surgery is considered always get a second opinion.
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