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Cervical Spondylosis and Back Pain Treatment - The Haven Healing Centre, Cheddar
Spinal Touch for cervical spondylosis, neck and back problems
Since qualifying as a Spinal Touch Therapist, many years ago now, I have developed a profound interest in back and neck pain, the workings of the spine and spinal problems, including things like; lumbago, spondylosis, stenosis, sciatica, numbness and tingling, scoliosis and muscle spasm, and anything else that comes under the collective term of spinal dysfunction.
So this article about treatments for cervical spondylosis has come from the many case histories that I've been involved with, from clients who have been told there's no help except pain killers and no hope except surgery. By using a variety of techniques, I've been able to demonstrate a great deal of relief from the symptoms, and from the pain, of cervical spondylosis. I decided that I would focus specifically on this problem and set about developing a set of protocols and creating a treatment plan specifically around this condition, its symptoms, its causes and recovery.
Special note:- It's always important to have your condition diagnosed and examined by a doctor or other medical personnel. This will ensure you get a CT scan or Xray if you need one, will rule out any other, perhaps more serious diagnosis, and ensure you receive any other immediately required attention.
What is Cervical Spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis is an age-related condition that is caused by degenerative arthritis of the cervical vertebrae and the discs that lie between them.
The cervical part of the vertebrae is made up of seven small, roughly circular bones (a little like cotton reels), stacked on top of each other and running from the base of the skull to the scapula, where it becomes the thoracic spine (defined by a slight change in shape). Each disc is separated by an intervertebral disc (like a large plastic washer), which acts as a shock absorber and allows for varying degrees of movement over the range of the spine.
What treatments are already available for Cervical Spondylosis?
In mild cases you may require no treatment at all. More severe cases can possibly progress through these stages:
A) cervical collar or neck brace
B) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
C) cortisone injections to specific areas of pain
D) neck traction
E) hospitalization and bedrest
F) muscle relaxant medications
G) surgical decompression of the spinal cord
H) surgical removal of bone and disc tissue
I) surgical fusion of cervical vertebrae to stabilize them.
All these may or may not produce added complications, and only in very few cases are the surgical interventions necessary. This means that with the right guidance, lots can be done by the patient to help relieve their own symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis?
The symptoms of cervical spondylosis are pain and stiffness in the neck, range of movement restriction in the neck, pain that may radiate into the shoulder or down the arm, and pain in the base of the skull. Other symptoms may be, loss of sensation in the shoulders, arms, abdomen or legs. Weakness in the arms. Neck stiffness that progressively worsens, possible loss of balance, headaches and occassionally, incontinence.
It used to be considered a condition of the elderly, as cervical spondylosis normally became more common with increasing age, and 'wear and tear' would produce changes in the disc and vertebrae of the neck, causing them to become thinner, producing pain. However, since the advent of office work, desk jobs, call centres and of course, the adoption of the computer as the must have office tool, the condition seems to have regressed a generation and now more and more middle-aged adults are being subjected to the additional strain of neck mis-alignment and the irritating, abrasive effect this has on the vertebral column.
As the vertebrae degenerate, they can develop small rough areas of bone around their edges. These bony overgrowths are called osteophytes (os-teo-fights) and they can protrude from the vertebral body. In addition, disc degeneration can cause narrowing of the disc spaces, which may be accompanied by mineral deposits, with the discs becoming dried and showing reduced function.
Neither condition necessarily causes pain, but where it does, the spine may become compressed, or a nerve root may suffer irritation and inflammation, which can give rise to numbness, pins and needles or weakness in the shoulder, arm or hand. A condition often given the term a 'trapped nerve'.
As cervical spondylosis seems to be migrating to affect younger and younger individuals, you'll not be surprised to hear that abnormalities in the cervical spines of our children are producing painful conditions of the neck as childhood posture is doubled over texting and playing computer games. Come on parents, send them out to play! They are going to be in agony by the time they reach their 20's.
Flare-ups can vary from mild to severe and can be the result of many things, like gardening, dancing, ironing, computing, reversing, infact, anytime you overuse or strain your neck. However, flare-ups can equally be brought on by sleeping in an awkward position, bad posture or lack of movement, and a sedentary lifestyle.
So while exercise is likely to keep you mobile, it's important to structure your exercises to give the most flexibility and not restrict exercise to large exagerated movements that will likely cause the most problems. Neck stiffness and acute or chronic pain and headaches can be troublesome and persistent. It's not unusual to have a stiff neck with a markedly decreased range of movement.
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Phil consults from a private practice in Cheddar, where he is constantly working and studying to improve his techniques, and knowledge, on specific conditions that seem to stubbornly resist conventional approaches, are non responsive to treatment, medicines or drugs (except pain killers, which can mask just about anything), and then to develop a system of protocols that can address the individual needs of the patient, and bring relief from the symptoms of the condition. If you would like to make an appointment please call: 01934 740275.
Your treatment program can be symptomatic, meaning you will look at responding to your symptoms when at their worst, and this is fine if you have an intermittent problem. Most people will use this approach as the most cost effective way of dealing with their condition. But as cervical spondylosis is a progressive condition, the best results will be obtained through persistent and palliative treatments, which can very often keep symptoms at bay, and can result in an improved quality of life for extended periods.
How do I know this will work for me?
I'm afraid the short answer is; You don't until you try it, and then either conclude that you have succeeded or failed. But that's true about any type of treatment, drug, health program or even surgery, isn't it? Nobody can guarantee a result, and nobody should.
What happens instead is that you respond to successes and failures, by adjusting treatments, based on experience and results, over time, to suitably reflect and respond to the body's reaction to what you are setting out to achieve. By providing the body with the right configuration and environment to make changes, it will oblige by making changes toward the balance side of healthy. This is when you start to see results, and then keeping the body in this 'place' is how you sustain those results.
Don't suffer in silence. Make your appointment today. You'll be glad you did!
Wierd spellings: cirvical, cervicle, servical, servicle, spondolysis, spondilysis, spondilisis, spondelosis.
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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 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.|
The Haven Healing Centre is located at: The Orchard, Draycott Rd, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3RU