About 80% of middle-aged people suffer from back problems. The most common disease of the spine in medical practice is cervical osteochondrosis.
Osteochondrosis of the cervical spine is associated with deformation of the vertebrae and intervertebral discs caused by destructive processes in bone and cartilage tissue. The development of the disease is facilitated by a lack of physical activity, or vice versa - muscle overload, a habit of often assuming the wrong body position, hypothermia, sedentary lifestyle, problems with posture, sleeping in an uncomfortable bed and a number ofhereditary factors. The immediate cause of the disease is the increase in the level of salts in the blood lymph, which, in turn, leads to changes in the cushioning of the spine, loss of elasticity of the cartilage. Problems with the cervical spine can occur with obesity and metabolic disorders, which lead to an imbalance of mineral compounds in the bone tissue.
It is better to entrust the process of diagnosing and treating the disease to specialists in the field of medicine, but in the early stages of the manifestation of the disease, you can try the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis at home.
Manifestation of cervical osteochondrosis
Symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis most often appear already at the stage when irreversible changes in the structure of the vertebrae have occurred and the physiological functionality of the intervertebral discs is lost. The space between them decreases, the nerve roots and the vertebral artery crossing the cervical column are squeezed, tenderness and characteristic unpleasant symptoms appear.
Signs of illness to watch out for:
- Pain in neck, shoulder and forearm, arms.
- Dizzying states.
- Noise in my head.
- Numbness in upper limbs.
- Burn in the interscapular part of the back.
- Spikes in blood pressure.
- Feeling weak, increased fatigue.
- Heart rate abnormalities.
- Limited movement by turning the head, bending the neck.
- Hearing and visual impairment.
Information about what cervical osteochondrosis is, symptoms and treatment at home will help to suspect the presence of this disease at an early stage and to take independent measures in time to prevent its further development.
Therapy without leaving home
It is impossible to get rid of osteochondrosis if it is not treated. In addition, therapeutic measures in this case will be aimed not so much at eliminating the clinical signs of the disease, as at combating the causes of the disease. Good results can be obtained with an integrated approach to healing, combining the use of drugs, physiotherapy, massage and traditional treatments.
Folk remedies for cervical osteochondrosis are an addition to traditional treatment, help significantly alleviate the condition of the patient, and are welcomed by most doctors.
All of these methods have common goals:
- relieves pain and relieves spasms;
- strengthening of muscle tissue;
- normalization of blood flow to the brain;
- and the main task of traditional treatment is to warm the affected area of the body.
At the same time, none of the existing recipes of traditional medicine are able to cope with the accumulation of salt deposits in bone tissue. This must be taken into account to understand that folk remedies are good as preventive measures or in tandem with drugs, but not as independent therapeutic methods.
Healers in the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis use many traditional recipes. All of them are based on the use of essential oils, plants, animal fats, roots and poisons. In certain proportions, they are combined with alcohol, vodka or moonshine, turpentine and tincture of iodine, which makes it possible to obtain analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs and effective heating agents, usable both externally and internally.
Classically, three groups of drugs for cervical osteochondrosis are distinguished, which have been used in traditional medicine for centuries - decoctions and infusions, rubs and compresses. The most popular and available are:
- Laurel infusionis a proven prophylactic remedy from traditional medicine. It is necessary to put the main ingredient on the bottom of the saucepan and pour cold water at the rate of twelve grams of foil per 0, 3 liters of liquid. Boil for five minutes, then cool and steep for three hours, then strain through cheesecloth. Take between meals for four days, then take a week break and start over.
- Coniferous broth.Pour two hundred and fifty grams of fresh spruce or pine needles with a liter of water, boil for half an hour. The resulting volume of broth is sufficient for three days, provided that it is consumed twice a day, thirty minutes after eating. The duration of treatment is one month.
- A decoction of sunflower roots- a remedy for salts formed and stagnant in the joints. The main ingredient of this recipe is prepared in the fall, collecting, washing, drying and grinding the plant. Mix one hundred and fifty grams of roots with 2. 7 liters of water, boil for half an hour. The resulting amount of broth will be sufficient for use for up to three days. You should drink in large sips thirty minutes after eating. The duration of the course is one month.
In a few days it will be possible to personally assess the effectiveness of the broth - in the shade of urine. If its color has changed to orange, it means that the process of removing salts has started actively. As the course continues, the color of the urine will gradually lighten.
- Red pepper:finely chop the pods, add 0. 2 liters of sunflower oil, cover tightly and leave in the dark for five days. Rub the resulting composition into the painful area twice a day to warm up and improve blood circulation.
- Butter and egg ointment:One hundred milliliters of vegetable oil + one chicken egg + twenty grams of flour + one tablespoon of vinegar, mix and leavestand for two days in a dark place, starting fromthe removal time of the film formed on the surface of the composition. Rub the finished ointment in the evening in those places where the manifestation of pain syndrome is registered.
- Ginger ointment:Chopped one ginger root + three cloves of garlic + thirty grams of butter mixture, add your favorite essential oil for a pleasant aroma and apply on the affected neck areain the evening to relieve pain as needed.
- Pharmacy:One hundred and fifty milliliters of medical alcohol + five milliliters of iodine + five milliliters of camphor alcohol + five tablets of analgin, mix until smooth, rub intopainful areas of the neck, carefully avoiding contact with damaged skin.
- Kerosene:Dip a compress cloth in household liquid kerosene, apply to the affected area and cover with polyethylene for 2-3 hours. The warming effect of the compress will help to urgently eliminate pain and relieve spasms.
- Potato:Mix raw potatoes with honey in a 1: 1 ratio, put on a cloth and put them in the neck area. A three-day course is recommended for treatment.
- Sour cream with comfrey:Place a mixture of 50 grams of sour cream and comfrey on a cloth and put on the painful area for 40 minutes. The course lasts 10 days.
- Honey:Mix honey and fine salt 1: 1, put a cloth made of natural fibers, put on the painful area of the neck, wrap with a scarf. Repeat daily until the patient's condition improves.
- Horseradish:soak the horseradish leaf in boiling water, cool slightly and apply to the painful area of the body, cover with a warm cloth, repeat up to five times. The principle of action is similar to treatment with mustard plasters, the sensations are painful and unpleasant. There is a risk of burns.
It should be noted that some of the components used in traditional recipes for cervical osteochondrosis should not be combined with drugs! There are drugs that cause severe allergies or poisoning. As a rule, they contain poisonous fruits of plants or herbs.
Therefore, having decided to supplement traditional treatment with "grandmother" methods, you should inform your doctor about it in order to receive individual recommendations and choose a safe set of procedures.
Improved physical education - exercises for cervical osteochondrosis at home will bring undoubted benefits in the treatment process. It is allowed to use various devices and simulators to increase the effect of procedures. Correctly selected physical exercises will help to quickly weaken or even relieve the patient from debilitating pain, stretch the ligament apparatus and relax the cervical muscles. Individual recommendations for gymnastics for cervical osteochondrosis at home can be obtained from your doctor, but there are also universal training methods. For example, the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis according to Bubnovsky.
Prof. Bubnovsky's method is widely used in physiotherapy for the treatment of many diseases without surgery and drugs and gives very impressive results.
To solve problems related to the cervical spine, the doctor offers a series of simple exercises 20 times for each of the points:
- Tilt your head up and down alternately.
- Head tilted slowly left and right.
- Circular rotation of the head.
- Lower the head to the position where the chin touches the chest.
- Raise your shoulders and fix the position for 10 seconds.
- Sit on the floor with your knees bent and touching them with your forehead while fixing the position for 1 minute.
Massage and self-massage
Massage for cervical osteochondrosis, as an effective means of relaxation, helps relax muscles, relieve tension and relieve the body of stiffness.
To get quality service, you can contact a professional massage therapist, but if you want, you can also learn the secrets of self-massage.
It's simple - there are no universal techniques, there are only three rules of massage for yourself:
- Use only your fingers to massage the neck.
- Move the guide from the center to the outskirts.
- Move at a steady pace and at a gentle pace.
Of course, it is impossible to cure osteochondrosis with massage, but if done correctly and regularly, it will help relieve symptoms, improve the patient's well-being and mood. .
Use of applicators
A variant of an alternative method of treating cervical osteochondrosis with folk remedies is the use of applicators. From the eighties of the last century to the present day, this technique has many fans. An applicator is a specially designed device that presents an object with a needle-like surface. Among patients with cervical osteochondrosis, the most common applicators are Lyapko and Kuznetsov.
The development of Kuznetsov is a plastic product in the form of a mat with sharp buttons on the surface. Lying on such a device, the patient undergoes massage and acupuncture therapy on the reflex zones. The Lyapko applicator is its improved version, in which, in addition to the reflex and acupuncture effects, a galvanic-electrical effect is used thanks to the metal needles embedded in the tubers. Such home therapy allows you to activate blood circulation in the problem area, accelerate metabolic processes in the body, improve the elimination of toxins, reduce muscle tone, but it is not enough toit alone for successful treatment of osteochondrosis.
Treating osteochondrosis of the neck at home is simple and very difficult. On the one hand, all therapies are available to most people and are relatively easy to repeat. On the other hand, they require some time, patience, self-control and regularity of repetition. And regardless of the expectations of alternative therapy, it should be remembered: if within a week of starting treatment with home remedies the symptoms of osteochondrosis have not disappeared and have not become less intense inmanifestation, it is imperative to consult a doctor so as not to aggravate your already serious health situation.