Hernia Prevention

Although a hernia is not usually something to worry about there could be a time when it might become strangulated. When this happens the blood supply has been cut off and it is not able to find its way to the necessary organs. This is fatal and if not immediately treated will cause death.

That is why it is important to know how to test for the problem – but also to know the best way that we are able to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The first thing that you should do is learn what the various type of hernias are and where they will develop. It would be unwise to think you have a hernia in an area where none is able to even develop.

These might develop in several areas:

  • Stomach
  • Navel
  • Groin
  • Femoral canal

Now that you know the most common places that are affected you need to understand how these are caused. A hernia will occur when there is a weakness in the muscle lining or the muscle wall. The contents that are being held inside will slip through and create a type of bulge. Over time the wall will become bigger and the bulge will also increase.

If you notice an uncomfortable feeling and believe that you might have a small hernia than you need to avoid heavy lifting or should try to lift the proper way. Never lift with your legs. Instead you need to bend at the back and use the back muscles to lift and bend at all times. This will place a lot less stress on the stomach muscles.

If your job requires you to do a lot of heavy lifting than wear a support brace. Muscle strain is the most common cause of a hernia and will make things a lot worse over a short period of time. Also avoid any sudden twists and strain on the body.

Prevent constipation and coughing fits. This will put a lot of strain on the body and force the contents out even further. Constipation could also mean that the stomach is already weak and things could get worse.