During massage, large amounts of endorphins are released into the bloodstream. This explains the slightly groggy effect, lightheaded, sense of well-being. Famed Victorian physician Dr. Dowse, remarked in 1887: "The mind, which before massage is in a perturbed, restless, vacillating, and even despondent state, becomes calm, quiet, peaceful, and subdued after massage. In fact, the wearied and worried mind has been converted into a mind restful, placid, and refreshed. Candace Pert, the founder...
Remember when you were a kid and you skinned your knee and as the scab healed you had a strange urge to keep picking at it? Many of us can recall our mother's voice in our head saying “If you keep picking it, it will never heal." A disc injury is not much different. More accurately, your skinned knee healed despite your picking it but it took a bit longer, right? Similarly, your disc injury will mend nicely if you stop “picking at it” while it's trying to heal.