Many are familiar with chronic or acute pain in the lower back, back or neck. This is how osteochondrosis manifests itself. Doctors say that osteochondrosis is a retribution for walking upright. But nature does not invent anything in vain. Why does osteochondrosis appear? What is it, who is at risk and how to help yourself? We asked a specialist.
What is cervical osteochondrosis
Osteochondrosis is a very general, even vague diagnosis that refers to a complex change in the tissues that form the spinal column and surrounding it, as well as changes in muscles, ligaments, bones and cartilage. But in fact, damage to the vertebrae and soft tissues is only a consequence. The reason is much deeper.
Why osteochondrosis appears and who is at risk
Any medical textbook indicates the uneven distribution of the load on the spine as the cause of osteochondrosis. This is obvious and completely fair. There is an expression that osteochondrosis in old age is as common as gray hair. But why is the load on the spine distributed so irrationally?
This can only happen due to a deviation from the natural position of the skeleton. Deviation of the spinal column from the vertical axis is always associated with injuries – starting with birth, which in the future will necessarily cause scoliosis, and continuing with acquired injuries, which also change the position of the spine day after day, year after year. A child who has just been born and was injured during childbirth may have a slight asymmetry of the skull, slight torticollis. After 30, 40 or 50 years (depending on the severity of the birth injury), this person will have the same changes in the intervertebral cartilage and surrounding tissues that characterize such a disease as osteochondrosis.
Can osteochondrosis go away with age
Changes in osteochondrosis are a large harmful weed that has grown from a small seed in the form of an injury. And this seed got into the body either at the time of birth, or after, in the form of acquired injuries. Like many other pathological processes that develop in the human body for a long time, osteochondrosis, in its essence, is an adaptation reaction. It is aimed at ensuring that, in the end, that segment of the spine that does not work properly turns off from movement, and the person does not experience pain from squeezing the nerve roots when moving in this segment. This adaptive reaction of the body greatly facilitates well-being: when the pain that has tormented a person for many years passes, it seems that the body seems to have been cured. In fact, the pathological process has already gone very far and simply eliminated the movement in this segment. This is the only way available to the body to stabilize the situation on its own.
But we always have a conscious choice – to wait until this happens, or to be treated.
How to treat osteochondrosis: methods
There are plenty of methods to combat osteochondrosis: medicines, manual therapy, massage, acupuncture, therapeutic exercises, etc. Someone prefers to be treated with traditional medicine – cupping massage and bee venom. In cases where osteochondrosis is complicated by a herniated disc, a person is often sent for surgery.
But all these methods either help only for a while, or are not effective at all!
To completely cure osteochondrosis, you need to remove its cause – the consequences of an injury that has already sufficiently affected the entire body of the patient. Only by restoring the correct position of the bones with the help of osteopathy can this pathological process be stopped. The point of osteopathic treatment is to balance the body about the vertical axis. Then the load will spread evenly, the vertebrae and intervertebral discs will be balanced and the pathological process in the tissues will slow down, and in some cases the changes associated with injuries, which we call osteochondrosis, will reverse. Instead of turning off their intervertebral segments from movement, the body will gain more freedom, and the person will rejoice because he can move easily and with pleasure.