When it comes to healing yourself without visiting a doctor, sometimes one of the best places to start your quest is the internet. Now I know that for some people, this can send shivers down the spine, when they jump to the conclusion of “wacky internet diagnosis” scenarios in their mind.
One way to ensure you are getting solid information from the internet is to use the benefits of the crowd. What do the majority of people think? Youtube is one such channel that offers some insight into what we might call collective-knowledge.
The way it works is pretty simple. Firstly do a Youtube search for a home remedy for any common aliment, find a video that looks professional and has a high number of views. This part is crucial, as you don’t want to be looking at videos that have only a handful of eyes viewing them. Basically the older the video the more views it is going to have as well, so look for ones that have been around for some time.
Can You Trust Medical Information You Find Online?
Watch the video and see if the medical advice, often given away for free by medical professionals as a way of attracting patients to their practices or surgery’s. If things seem to be legitimate, next take a look at the thumbs up and thumbs down. If this is all thumbs down, probably there is good reason and it might be time to look elsewhere.
If you find there are thousands of people giving this the thumbs up, don’t be surprised or put off it there are perhaps hundreds of people giving it the thumbs down. You don’t want to be taking notice of something if it has equal votes in either direction.
So then, if you find that there are people giving it a good thumbs up vote, then take a look at related videos to see if they are saying the same thing. The more videos you find saying the same or similar things, the more reliable the home remedy or physical technique is likely to be.
Now I had to do this for a condition of my own, recently and I began my search by typing in, “do you need to have surgery to fix a bulging disc?”.
This produced some interesting results and to my pleasant surprise, a technique for decompressing the spinal column and putting reverse pressure on a bulging disc, in order to relieve pressure on the spinal nerve.
I noticed the top rated youtube video has over one million views (1.8m) and a lot of thumbs up (49k) votes, it also only had less than 1k of thumbs down votes. I also noticed a large range of related videos, espousing the same or similar treatments that you could do in the comfort of your home, and most impressively how to avoid unnecessary surgeries.
How To Fix A Bulging Disc Without Surgery
So how did the home remedy for fixing a bulging disc workout for me? Quite well is my answer. I had been getting good results from my Russian qualified neurologist Dr Dulitsky, using his method of treating patients with ozone therapy injections, and kind of hit a plateau in what I was achieving with these treatments, so I decided to look for additional treatments that would help me get my full feeling back in my feet, which had become quite numb due to the pressure on the spinal nerve affecting the proper function of my sensory nerves going down my legs to my feet.
The sensation of instant relief is similar to what you feel when you may have been lying on your side and had a numb arm while watching TV. Once you change positions, and take off the pressure, you numbness dissipates and the tingling goes away. Well, this sort of how fast this technique works for making my feet feel more normal.
Another thing this led me to, was the prospect of utilising a stronger form of spinal decompression. Traction is a method of using weights and pulleys to create a greater decompression effect on the spinal column, that doctors or medical professionals use to treat conditions similar to what I have.
Traction kind of sounds a little scary, as you mind conjures up your medieval torture devices like the “rack”. Being put on such a machine would be horrifying and something you want to avoid, so the low traction of a home remedy seemed even more attractive, to me, especially since I could test the waters so to speak, before putting more trust in this technique to achieve the medical outcomes I was looking for.
So before your well meaning friends or family put you off trying to find a non-medical solution to an aliment that could react very well to the collective knowledge of many thousands of people out there just trying to help their fellow man.