Osteochondrosis of the cervical spine - a person is not born with this diagnosis. He acquires this disease himself, as a result of his own inaction or thoughtless attitude, without worrying about the protective muscular corset for the spine. But, very often it happens that as a result of the wrong action or engaging in the wrong type of exercise and fitness, people themselves harm and destroy their own spine.
How osteochondrosis occurscervical spine?
Many people do not even realize that without regular exercise, the neck muscles weaken, like any other muscle in the body. If, for example, you stop walking altogether, then the leg muscles will atrophy after a while, and you will not even be able to stand on weak legs! The same thing happens with the muscles of the neck.
You might say, "How can my neck muscles not work if I sit at the computer (or at the wheel) all day. "That's right, if we are constantly sitting staring at a computer screen, or at the road while driving a car, our neck muscles are constantly tense. Because they have to hold a forced pose for a long time. By the end of the day, we feel that the neck is stiff and we cannot turn the neck, so the muscles are tired. But the problem is that only one muscle group works in this position.
Over time, this muscle group HYPERTrophied, and those muscles that do not work HYPOTrophied (that is, weaken). Uneven load on different muscle groups forms muscle imbalance - this is the difference in muscle strength. Muscle imbalance leads, firstly, to a distortion of the bone structure of the cervical spine, and secondly, the intervertebral cartilaginous discs experience uneven pressure.
Over time, both of these processes destroy the cartilaginous intervertebral discs and reduce their height. Muscles that are under constant excessive tension are spasmodic so that it becomes difficult for them to keep an intelligent but heavy head in a straight position. The weight of the head and the complete lack of muscular protection and support at the cervical spine create unbearable pressure on the cartilaginous discs. This has been going on for years, and sooner or later the margin of safety of the cartilaginous intervertebral discs ends. They lose their height and amortization function and "hello, osteochondrosis of the cervical spine"!
It used to be a disease of old people. Today, osteochondrosis affects the younger generation due to a sedentary lifestyle and lack of care for their own spine.
Osteochondrosis cannot be only in the cervical region, or only in the lumbar, although doctors make just such diagnoses. After all, it is more profitable to treat: first the cervical region, then the thoracic region, and then treat the lower back.
If you have been diagnosed with osteochondrosis of the cervical spine, then you need to deal with the entire spine, since it is a single system of a continuous chain of small bones and many joints. And if the shape of the spine itself has changed and the shape of the cartilaginous discs in the cervical spine has been deformed, then there is a redistribution of the load and adjustment along the entire length of the bone chain, both down to the coccyx and up to the base of the skull. This means that cartilaginous discs are affected along the entire length of the spinal column.
Since we ourselves, or rather, our way of life, are the culprit of cervical osteochondrosis, we can get rid of it only by changing this way of life. And the motive for action should be your awareness of responsibility for preserving your own spine. And believe that it is never too late to do this. No matter how advanced your disease is, the human body is able to repair itself, provided that you do not interfere, but help it and create the necessary conditions for it.
Passive treatment of osteochondrosis - the way to nowhere!
Usually, in the form of help, doctors offer you quite expensive medications, injections of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, a course of massage, a course of manual therapy, they advise you to buy various types of artificial corsets, bandages, posture correctors, etc.
In other words, they strongly push you down the path of passive healing. And somewhere in the general list of recommendations, almost the last point, you can see a recommendation - to strengthen the muscle corset. It is very easy for an ignorant and lazy person to take this path.
After all, you do not need to change yourself, change your attitude to your health, all that is required of you is to pay regularly for these procedures, visit doctors and manuals, buy medicines. It does not require effort, but it also does not relieve you of cervical osteochondrosis. Rather, the opposite is true. This leads to drug dependence, to the destruction of immunity and to the aggravation of the disease.
I offer you a completely different way of dealing with osteochondrosis in the cervical spine. It is not necessary to treat cervical osteochondrosis, it is necessary to get rid of it forever by strengthening the muscle corset, doing medical gymnastics, and thereby protect your spine from further destruction.
Muscle corset is a support and protection for the spine!
As I mentioned above, the recommendation is to strengthen the muscle corset, usually the doctors have it somewhere at the end of the entire list, after the advice, to sit correctly, buy a comfortable chair, an orthopedic mattress and a pillow. As a professional in therapeutic gymnastics, I argue that strengthening the muscles of the cervical spine should come first and the development of a set of exercises for the treatment of the cervical spine should be dealt with by a professional in this field.
Very often, after hearing a vague doctor's recommendation: "strengthen the muscle corset, " patients begin to "pull iron" in the gym, sign up for fitness in the general group. All this only leads to an aggravation of the problems with the spine. Fitness and exercise equipment for healthy people, but not for those who already have a disease, especially in the thinnest and most vulnerable cervical spine.
Let me remind you that the spine consists of a single chain of small bones and many joints, so it, like a transformer, adjusts to your habits, to your daily loads, to your lifestyle and the characteristics of your profession.
The bones of the human skeleton are the passive part, but skeletal muscles move our arms, legs and the whole body - this is the active part of our body. It is the muscles that perform the motor, support and protective functions!
If you have lived in a work-home-work mode for several years, changing from a car seat to a work one, then your skeletal muscles were not working. They have weakened so much that they no longer protect and support your joints, even with daily stress.
And if you courageously decide to give them an increased load at once, then you are acting rashly and risk further harm to your spine. It is necessary to restore muscle strength, elasticity of ligaments and lost joint mobility with safe and technically correct exercises of a therapeutic gymnast. This takes time, regular training and faith in yourself and the forces of nature.
To help those who decide to engage in the restoration of the cervical spine and the entire spine, I have released a series of my professionally selected therapeutic VIDEO sets of exercises. They have special recommendations to perform exercises in a lightweight version. Namely, start with a small number of exercises and with a small amplitude, perform the exercises in a safe lying position, with a complete unloading of the spine.
What happens if cervical osteochondrosis is not treated?
I want to warn you that you cannot treat cervical osteochondrosis, exclusively, only as a disease of the spine. This is a very insidious and dangerous disease that can even provoke a cerebral stroke.
This is how osteochondrosis progresses. When the height of the intervertebral discs decreases, space is freed up and we get unstable "walking" vertebrae. Unstable vertebrae injure and destroy the articular surface in the intervertebral joints, particles of the destroyed cartilage fall into the articular capsule, and when we turn the head we hear rustling . . . this is one of the signs of cervical osteochondrosis.
Displacement of the vertebrae can pinch the spinal nerves, causing a person to:
- neck pain;
- pain in the scapula;
- pain in the shoulder and elbow joints;
- numbness of fingers;
- unsteadiness in gait.
All these symptoms, when the spinal nerves are pinched, lead to chronic diseases, complicate a person's life and doom him to suffering, they can even put a person in a wheelchair and deprive him of his motor abilities. But, these diseases are not fatal, a person will suffer and live long.
Much more dangerous is that the displaced cervical vertebrae squeeze the vertebral artery, which is located inside the bony structure of the neck, this causes an infringement of blood flow to the brain. It is very dangerous. Due to oxygen starvation of brain cells, a person develops the following symptoms:
- blurred vision;
- pressure surges in the absence of hypertension;
- failure in cardiac activity with a healthy heart;
- headaches and dizziness;
- panic attacks start;
- there is a threat of STROKE!
All the listed symptoms are not diseases! These are the consequences of cervical osteochondrosis, which caused mechanical compression of the cervical vertebral arteries.
Is it possible to cure cervical osteochondrosis?
The short answer is “Yes. Can". As a professional in exercise therapy, I am convinced that any person and at any age can fix this problem! A young man under 35 can practically cure cervical osteochondrosis and fully recover. Older people can improve the condition of their cervical spine, and can significantly reduce or eliminate the manifestation of these dangerous symptoms! To do this, you need to make your own efforts, namely:
- finally begin to regularly engage in medical gymnastics with a professional in exercise therapy;
- to strengthen skeletal muscles and form a muscular corset for the entire spine;
- pay special attention to the problem area - the cervical spine;
- return the displaced vertebrae to their original place and stabilize the spinal column.
Remember, regular training according to my author's method is guaranteed to help you:
- Eliminate mechanical compression of the vertebral arteries.
- Normalize blood flow to the brain.
- Completely get rid of or significantly reduce the manifestations of the dangerous symptoms listed above.
Even Hippocrates, who could not write, said: "Remove the cause and the disease will go away! "
You just need to make a choice and understand that the only reliable condition for maintaining health is regular training of the muscular apparatus serving your spine.
Exercises for osteochondrosis of the cervical spine
Friends! do not waste precious time, do not wait for irreversible processes to appear!
Find ONE HOLY HOUR A DAY for training, and your cervical spine will easily and proudly hold your smart head, and will never cause it problems!
Remember! Life is easy for a person with a healthy spine!
Recommendations for congenital or abnormal cervical diseases:
- People who already have scoliosis, kyphosis, kyphoscoliosis, I want to warn that they will acquire cervical osteochondrosis even faster than other people.
- For people with torticollis and subluxation of Atlanta, it is dangerous to acquire cervical osteochondrosis, and it is necessary to start doing therapeutic exercises in advance!
- People with Kimmerly's anomaly or Arnold Chiari's anomaly need to know and remember that the acquisition of cervical osteochondrosis is unacceptable, since a decrease in the height of cartilaginous discs is dangerous to their lives. Those who do not know about the presence of these anomalies, it is cervical osteochondrosis that will reveal them. Those who know their diagnosis need to start doing therapeutic exercises in advance and prevent a decrease in the height of the discs and the acquisition of cervical osteochondrosis!
Remember, amateur activities are not allowed here and randomly selected exercises will not work.
It is necessary to rely on a professional who knows the laws of biomechanics and who clearly demonstrates the technically correct execution of the exercises in remedial gymnastics.
Exercises for cervical osteochondrosis should be safe and performed slowly, without sudden movements, and only in the Lying position, with complete unloading of the spine.
Friends, regular exercise should be the foundation of your well-being, activity, performance, and ultimately, good mood.