Myths and truth about cervical osteochondrosis
Myth number 1: "The pressure rises from the cervical osteochondrosis"
Increased blood pressure associated with problems of the cervical spine, can occur only in one case: with severe pain. But pain in the neck is usually the result of muscle spasm, irritation of the ligaments or, less often, nerve roots. Therefore, the "cervical osteochondrosis", that is, various outgrowths on the vertebrae and other their age-related changes, have nothing to do with pain. Painful sensations cause the release of adrenaline into the blood, which inevitably increases the heart rate and increases blood pressure. After the pain can manage, the pressure comes back to normal.
Therefore, you should not begin to search for the causes of high blood pressure in the cervical spine. It is also useful to ignore the assurances of "specialists in the refocusing of the cervical vertebrae," that several of their miraculous procedures will help something to be fixed somewhere and the pressure will immediately return to normal.Most often, the patient has a banal arterial hypertension in combination with neglected magical thinking. And you don’t need to do any difficult passes with your hands, and you don’t need to drink chondroprotectors or massage your neck, you just need to regularly take drugs to reduce pressure and not give undue attention to the fact of age-related changes in the spine to feel much better.
Myth number 2: "Hands go numb from cervical osteochondrosis"
Symmetrical numbness of the hands is not typical for cervical osteochondrosis. Where more often there are problems with the nerves that pass in the hands. These can be tunnel syndromes, when the nerve is clamped in the canal of muscles and ligaments, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, which is often found in office workers. Another common cause of numbness is the defeat of several nerves in the hands at once, associated with infections, diabetes, alcohol abuse, the action of certain drugs or an attack of their own immunity.
Even the discovery of hernias on an MRI of the cervical spine does not mean that they are the ones who are “guilty” of the numbness of the hands.Most often, hernias are asymptomatic and do not manifest themselves in any way. And if the hernia becomes the “culprit” of numbness, then it is unlikely to be found in two hands.
Myth number 3: “In case of cervical osteochondrosis, an orthopedic pillow is needed”
If you sleep on a feather bed or regularly recline on several tall pillows-monsters from the USSR, the orthopedic pillow is probably capable of solving the problem of pain in the neck.
In other cases, you need to choose a pillow, focusing only on their own feelings, and not on the sweet-voiced assurances of advertising. Do you like to sleep on your side? Many orthopedic pillows with a raised front edge are only suitable for sleeping on the back. If you rest on such a pillow somehow, increased pain and muscle spasm are guaranteed. Experience shows that the majority of the usual pillow “like in a European hotel”: this product is small, almost flat. But the rigidity can be different, from medium to high. And find out which one is right for you, can only be experienced.
Myth number 4: “A manual therapist will help with cervical osteochondrosis”
Methods of repositioning Atlanta - the first cervical vertebra - promise not only to “put the head in place”, “bring the pressure back to normal”, but also “eliminate the clamps throughout the body”,as well as give heroic health and eternal youth. And as soon as people lived before the appearance of these beautiful cabinets with comfortable couches, without all-powerful “recruitment specialists,” without price lists with exorbitant prices? Probably, and went all life with the unverified vertebra or vertebrae. They were born, grew up, started a family, worked, loved, enjoyed life - and all this with outrageously crooked Atlantes! Fortunately, now we have the opportunity to fix everything. For a lot of money, of course, but who will save on your health? ..
In fact, the best that a patient can count on here is a regular massage of the neck muscles. At worst, alas, with aggressive manual therapy, injuries to the cervical spine and circulatory disorders in those same vertebral arteries can occur. Fortunately, nature has conceived quite stable mechanisms of "protection from a fool", and therefore attempts to "twist" something in the neck usually do not lead to any negative consequences. However, to the positive too.
What is useful to know about the cervical spine?
Change your daily habits
Neck make our daily habits vulnerable. This, for example, is reading from a smartphone or other device that makes you tilt your head forward. The greater the angle of inclination, the greater the burden on the cervical spine. Muscles for a long time are in tension, the ligaments are strongly stretched. The result is inflammation and pain. This problem is called the text neck. Researchers report that it is becoming an epidemic. Still: the person spends in such a nonphysiological pose an average of 4 hours a day. The result is endless visits to the doctor, inefficiency of the prescribed treatment, chronic pain in the neck ...
To avoid this, it helps to consciously correct your posture while reading, trying to keep your head straight, directing only a glance to the device screen; periodic self-massage of the neck and daily performance of simple exercises to strengthen the muscles, as well as any physical activity that makes the body work and at least temporarily erase the learned stereotyped posture from the muscle memory.
Be careful while playing sports.
Neck must be protected during training. This applies primarily to stretching exercises and deflections, when the temptation to tilt the neck severely is great.This posture can cause injury or even a dizzy spell, so you need to avoid it. Also, the neck is especially vulnerable in head and forearm stands. Therefore, it is better to begin such “acrobatic etudes” under the supervision of a specialist.
Head injuries: attention to the cervical spine
Injuries of the cervical spine are often missed. A typical situation: a person goes on ice, falls, hits his head. When you go to a doctor, it turns out that he has a concussion or another traumatic brain injury. The treatment begins, after some time the patient is allowed to go home ... And then he realizes that his neck hurts. He goes to the doctor, takes an X-ray, CT scan or MRI, and then it turns out that there is an injury that was missed in the bustle with a concussion. The cervical spine with injuries to the head is injured very often. Therefore, if you feel pain in the neck when falling, even if the blow fell on some other place, be sure to inform your doctor.
Health of the cervical spine consists of the organization of a comfortable workplace, regular exercise,wearing warm enough clothes in the cold (muscle spasm from hypothermia often causes pain, so buying a cozy scarf is considered to be a much more effective means of prevention than visiting a chiropractor's office). You should not “multiply entities” and look for other complex causes of pain in the neck: just try to make minimal changes to your lifestyle and make sure that they really work.
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