Nowadays, many young people are facing this kind of trouble. If they sit for a long time or play with their heads bowed, they will feel very sore neck and shoulders. Once such symptoms occur, many people will wonder if they have cervical spondylosis.
Cervical spondylosis is different from cervical muscle strain
Cervical spondylosis, also known as cervical syndrome, is a general term for cervical osteoarthritis, proliferative cervical spondylitis, cervical nerve root syndrome and cervical intervertebral disc prolapse. It is a disease based on degenerative pathological changes. However, cervical muscle strain is cervical muscle strain and intervertebral joint disorder caused by long-term bad posture, resulting in persistent pain, soreness, dysfunction and other symptoms.
Simply put, cervical spondylosis is a bone problem, while cervical muscle strain is a muscle problem.
Cervical muscle strain may lead to cervical spondylosis
Although cervical muscle strain is not cervical spondylosis, it is likely to develop into cervical spondylosis if it is not paid attention to.
When it comes to cervical muscle strain, we have to mention the most common group of people today-the low-head group. Whether it’s on the bus or the subway, or in the company’s home, low-head people can be seen everywhere. They use microblogs, WeChat, watch videos, and play hand games … Have you considered the feeling of cervical vertebra?
Before, there was a saying: bow your head and play with your mobile phone = hang a weight of 50kg on your head, which is reasonable.
Looking down at the mobile phone is a very damaging movement to the cervical spine. The greater the angle of looking down, the greater the damage to the cervical spine. Working or studying in postures such as bow-down and hunchback will make the muscles near the cervical spine in a tense state for a long time, and may also lead to the injury of nearby soft tissues, thus leading to degeneration of the cervical spine, dislocation disorder and abnormal activities of the cervical spine joints.
How to play mobile phone correctly?
- Change sitting posture frequently, straighten waist and back, stretch neck;
- Bring the mobile phone to the front parallel to the line of sight.
- Put the mobile phone in front of your eyes with the mobile phone support frame.
- Rest for half an hour, move shoulders and neck, relieve muscles;
How should we deal with neck muscle strain?
Choose a suitable pillow
A good pillow should be of moderate height. Generally speaking, we suggest this choice:
If you like to lie on your back, it is recommended that the height of the pillow be about the height of a raised fist (about 5 ~ 8 cm);
If you like to lie on your side, you can choose to be slightly higher than your fist (about 7 ~ 14 cm).
As for the filling of pillows, better pillow materials include buckwheat leather pillows, latex pillows, memory cotton pillows, feather pillows, etc. Everyone can try in the store and choose the type that they feel most comfortable with.
In addition, attention should be paid to the fact that the mattress should not be too soft, and the sleeping posture should be naturally extended. Sleeping on one’s stomach in the office will easily cause cervical vertebra distortion. U-shaped pillows can be used to rest on the back of the chair for a nap.
Move your neck frequently.
As we said earlier, a long bow is a major cause of muscle strain. Therefore, when you work or play, you should move your neck frequently, which can relieve fatigue and prevent cervical spondylosis.
Moderate exercise, strengthen exercise
At ordinary times, you can do some sports, such as swimming, badminton, jogging, etc., which are all good choices. Exercise can not only exercise, but also relax the muscles of the whole body.
Pay attention to keep warm and apply hot compress properly.
If the neck is blown with cold air or caught cold, it will make the neck capillaries contract and the blood circulation slow down, which is more likely to induce neck and shoulder pain or cervical spondylosis. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not get too close to the air conditioner in summer, and you’d better close the window when you sleep at night.
However, if you already have sore symptoms, proper hot compress can promote local blood circulation and relieve sore symptoms.
The symptoms are serious, so seek medical treatment in time.
Once cervical discomfort occurs, you should go to a regular hospital for treatment. If there are symptoms such as numbness of upper limbs, headache, dizziness and tinnitus besides neck and shoulder pain, it may be cervical spondylosis and should be paid more attention to!