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Cervical Spondylosis - treat with Spinal Touch
Cervical Spondylosis Treatment from The Haven Healing CentreSpinal Touch Therapy is an ideal, reliable, safe treatment for Cervical Spondylosis and other neck disorders
What is Cervical Spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis is a disorder that results from abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (the cervical vertebrae). There can be growth or degeneration, and mineral deposits in the cushions between the neck vertebrae (the cervical disks). There may also be abnormal growths or "spurs" on the bones of the spine (the vertebrae).
Progressive neck pain is a key indication of cervical spondylosis. It may be the only symptom in many cases. These changes can, over time, press down on (compress) one or more of the nerve roots. In advanced cases, the spinal cord becomes involved. This can affect not just the arms, but the legs as well. Examination often shows limited ability to bend the head toward the shoulders and limited ability to rotate the head.
It is a normal part of ageing and does not cause symptoms in many people. However, it is sometimes a cause of quite severe neck pain. Treatments include ways to try and keep the neck moving and flexible, using neck exercises, muscle relxation and painkillers. The goal of treatment is relief of pain and prevention of permanent spinal cord and nerve root injury.
Why can Cervical Spondylosis be so painful?
As mentioned, the edges of the vertebrae often develop small, rough areas of bone called osteophytes. Also, over many years, the discs become thinner. The picture above shows narrowed disc spaces and also roughened edges of the vertebrae.
If the discs are plump and whole, there is plenty of room for the extra bone deposits, but as the space narrows, the cushioning effect of the discs is lost and the vertebrae may even touch or grind against each other.
In severe cases, the degeneration may cause irritation, or pressure, or pinching, on the spinal nerve roots or spinal cord. This can cause arm or leg symptoms of pain, numbness, loss of sensation, loss of muscle function and even incontinence.
When the body is in pain, muscles and ligaments contract and lock down a joint, bone or limb, so it can't be damaged anymore. It's a survival mechanism, that usually works in our favour. But muscles and ligaments that work across joints, or bones seperated by discs, can squeeze and crush a space already narrowed by degenerative changes to the vertebra and can narrow the canal through which the spinal cord passes, or otherwise cause pressure on the nerve that serves the face, neck, shoulders or arms and hands.
What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may variously include:
• Neck pain and neck stiffness, that gets worse over time
• Pain in the shoulders and base of the skull
• loss of feeling (numbness) or weakness in a part, or all, of a hand or arm
• Weakness of the arms or legs
• Restricted movement of the neck, which may make the pain worse
• Pain may spread down the arm to a hand or fingers
• 'Pins and needles' in part of an arm or hand
• Pain may come as flare-ups from time to time
• Some people develop chronic (persistent) pain
• Loss of balance
• Loss of control over the bladder or bowels (from spinal cord compression)
How can Spinal Touch Therapy help my Cervical Spondylosis?
Using Spinal Touch on first diagnosis, is a good palliative care plan, and can slow the progression of cervical spondylosis. But even if you have suffered with it for ages, a short block of treatments should start easing your symptoms, followed by a structured decrease in treatment frequency, until you are at a stage where you are comfortable for the majority of time, perhaps with an occasional 'top-up'.
This is by far the best way you can make provision to improve the quality of your life in the long term, rather than resorting to crisis management, which can mean spending more time than necessary in pain, or on strong pain killers. Spinal Touch will help you learn to take care of your back at home and at work, which will help to prevent repeat episodes of your back and neck pain due to Cervical Spondylosis.
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My message to you is simple. Don't just sit there, lie there, stand there in pain, thinking it will get better by tomorrow. It probably won't! Even if everyone around you is advising you to throw tablets at it, remember they only MASK the pain, they don't do anything to change your state. You're probably wishing someone could just 'get in there' and do something! Allow your instinct to lead you toward the physical approach. Cervical Spondylosis, neck pain, neck stiffness, headaches and all the other symptoms are all linked to depression and anxiety. The relaxation induced postural re-alignment afforded by Spinal Touch Therapy, will help with the stress and tightness surrounding the neck and vertebrae, which will help to reduce the pain. If this idea resonates with you, I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Blagdon for a course of treatment. Appointments and a treatment price list are available by clicking here. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Phil.
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Wierd spellings: servical spondilosis, cervical spondiloses, spondilosys, spondylocis, cervikal spondylosis, cirvical spondilosis
Note: DISCLAIMER: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
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