What Is Cervical Spondylosis?

When you work bending your head for a long time, you will have such an experience: neck aches, vision blurs, shoulder tenses, etc. Then, you probably will throw your head back and recline in the chair, or rub the shoulder. And three minutes later, you feel a sense of relief. This shows that you may have cervical spondylosis, or you are going to get it.

Uncover The Secret Of Cervical Spondylosis

The head is connected to the body via cervical vertebrae, so the neck makes many little movements, and bears the weight of the head above to keep a comfortable balance. Over the years, these cervical vertebrae and discs become ageing. With some external damage, the cervical vertebrae cannot function normally as usual, and hyperosteogeny begins. The balance between internal and external of the spine is disturbed, and the nerves, vessels and spinal cord are stimulated or under pressure in which case some symptoms arise. Then, the cervical vertebrae which you not much care are running into problems.

The bad habits in everyday work and daily life could develop or induce this illness, and uncovering these habits will contribute to taking necessary precaution.


Our body is a running machine. When we are getting old, the wear and tear on each component of the machine is happening. The wear and tear on the spine is happening as well. Hence cervical spondylosis is usually spread among old people. During the youth, the bones of the spine are solid and in good condition. The tissue between bones contains much water and resilient. When growing old, water in the tissue is not as much as before and the resilience is not enough. The bones are fragile like plastics used for many years. It is not to say that at old age people will definitely get cervical spondylosis. It depends on the following factors as well.

Cervical Injury

When your head or neck is struck, it will cause cervical vertebra dislocating lightly or soft tissue bruise. If your buttock is hit or lands heavily, the cervical vertebrae will be pulled or pressed and get hurt as a result. The same goes for slamming on the brake when you are in a car.

Bad Posture

In daily life and everyday work, some people are used to some kind of bad posture, like reading books lying in bed, or watching television positioned at a higher place with your head lifted. Besides, if you are working with your head bending or tilting for a long time, you are more likely to get cervical spondylosis in which case some professions like office clerk, typist, accountant, dentist and teacher, are more likely get patients.

Sleeping Posture And The Pillow

If you are in bed and rest your head on a high pillow, or you put more or less part of pillow under your body, it will result in the unbalance between internal and external of your cervical vertebrae. If you wake up in the morning and do not feel comfortable with your neck, maybe you get better the next day. If this case happens over and over again, it means you get close to cervical spondylosis.

Different Types Of Cervical Spondylosis

When we talk about cervical spondylosis, we cannot avoid its anatomy. We will get into details in the following chapters, and now we focus on the general situation. If someone get cervical spondylosis, it means something goes wrong with the anatomy. Different structures involved, different appearance the cervical spondylosis has. If you suffer it, you can find out which kind you get.

Cervical Spondylotic Radiculopathy (CSR)

There is a pain in the neck and shoulder, stretching to one or both arms. It is dull or burning pain along with feelings like there is needle sticking in you or electric shock. If it is severe, it happens by fits and starts, and disrupts your sleep and work. When you lift your head, give a cough or make a sneeze, the pain gets greater. Your arms are heavy and weak with your griping power weakening, and you drop things accidentally.

Cervical Spondylotic Arteriopathy (CSA)

You feel a pain in the neck and shoulder, and feel giddy and sick. You have the feeling that you are going to vomit. You are dizzy and drop things accidentally. These symptoms often get severer with the head turning.

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM)

Your arms and legs are numb and you are walking unsteadily with feeling that you are walking on the cotton. Sometimes the symptom is different. Your muscles are going into spasm and your steps are clumsy. Your hands cannot make controlled tiny movement, like tying the shoelaces or having a thread to go through a needle.

When you are verifying the type of cervical spondylosis you have, you had better to go to hospital to have some examinations, having an X-ray, CT or MRI if necessary to know the details. Don’t forget that some illnesses like hypertension and heart disease are brought on by cervical spondylosis.

Massage With Special Curative Power

The treatment for cervical spondylosis includes massage, traction, physiotherapy, medicine, surgery, and so on. At the early stage of cervical spondylosis, massage exerts an apparent effect and can be performed at home.

There are some matters needing attention. The massage is primarily for relaxing muscles of the shoulder and some soft tissue. When performing massage, the performer should be gentle, and the strength should transition from light to heavy. It is also forbidden to pull or turn roughly. Don’t make the receiver to feel pain or nervous. If the receiver has severe cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), the massage should be performed under the guidance of a doctor.

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