Cervical osteochondrosis is a disease in which degenerative-dystrophic changes occur in the cervical spine that violate its function and structure. Most often, people over forty years of age suffer from this disease, although people of a younger age may also experience cervical osteochondrosis. The disease is characterized by gradual changes that can go unnoticed by a person for a long time. The main cause of the disease is a sedentary lifestyle. An eight-hour pastime at the desk, in which the back muscles are subjected to statistical stress, leave the spine virtually no chance. In order to minimize damage to the spine, it is important to follow preventive measures.
Prevention of cervical osteochondrosis
First of all, you need to try to organize the working day correctly: so that during it there is both passive and active rest. For the prevention of osteochondrosis of the spine of the cervical spine, good blood supply and mineral nutrition are very important. A sufficient amount of protein should be included in the daily diet.
If there is excess weight, then it is necessary to get rid of it, which can be done with the help of diets and regular physical activity.
After each hour of work at the computer, five minutes must be devoted to performing neck exercises. It is also possible to conduct professional massage courses, especially if the work is associated with constant back tension.
Classical treatment for osteochondrosis
Since cervical osteochondrosis is manifested by a variety of symptoms, such as headaches, impaired vision, memory, speech function, dizziness, fainting, a person often does not know about his disease and turns to the wrong specialist.
When long-term treatment by an ophthalmologist, cardiologist or other specialist does not bring proper results, a person gets an appointment with an orthopedist or neurologist. The doctor should organize the treatment correctly, the purpose of which is to improve the blood circulation of the spine, reduce the statistical burden, and also increase in the blood those substances that nourish the ligaments, cartilage and bones in the human body.
Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis is complex and must necessarily include:
- physiotherapy exercises;
- physiotherapy (vibration massage, electrophoresis, baths);
- taking calcium and phosphorus preparations in combination with vitamin D and B vitamins;
- local treatment (rubbing ointments, gels into a sore spot, wearing a patch, which helps to anesthetize and relieve inflammation).
Alternative treatment of cervical osteochondrosis
You can very successfully combine the classic treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine and alternative treatment. Among folk recipes, the root of elecampane is very effective in relieving inflammation. To do this, you need the root of the plant for the second year of life. To prepare a decoction, you need two tablespoons of raw materials per glass of boiling water. The root of elecampane should boil over low heat for 10 minutes, after which the broth is filtered, cooled and used for compresses on the spine, which must be carried out twice a day for 20 minutes.
Also, to improve blood circulation, you can use bitter capsicum, from which you need to prepare oil extract in advance. To do this, two fruits of capsicum need to be finely chopped and pour a glass of sunflower or olive oil., Then insist 5 days in a dark place in a tightly closed container. The oil must be rubbed twice a day in the cervical spine, before use, the product does not require filtering: a gradual increase in the concentration of active therapeutic substances in the oil will give a more positive therapeutic effect.