Exercises for osteochondrosis of the cervical spine

What exercises are used for cervical osteochondrosis?

Parents learn their children from an early age: Do not turn your head! This article advocates the opposite: twirl your head as often as possible, regardless of age. This in the future will help prevent osteochondrosis in the cervical region. But if this disease still overtook you, all kinds of exercises with osteochondrosis of the cervical department will help you prevent the development of the disease.
The neck is created by nature not only to keep your head on your shoulders or turn it around, which, by the way, becomes quite difficult with time, if you do not follow it and your health as a whole. In the neck are the spinal cord, all kinds of arteries that nourish the brain, nerve endings that provide the connection between the brain and hands, heart, lungs.
If the constant load is static and the movements do not "discharge" it, low-neck osteochondrosis can gradually develop. If you need to prevent the onset of this disease, strengthening the neck muscles and cervical osteochondrosis treatment with gymnastics will bring the best result.

What stages of the disease do you need to know?

Cervical osteochondrosis causes arthrosis and degenerative-dystrophic lesions in the vertebral column. At the initial stage the dehydration of the pulpous nucleus progresses, because of which the intervertebral discs "mix".After this, the fibrous ring that covers the pulpous core is covered with cracks.
At the same time, attachment points of ligaments and muscles approach, which leads to increased mobility of other vertebrae, which breaks the stability of the vertebral-motor system.
In the next stage, for example, protrusion, prolapse and arthrosis appear. This leads to the development of the disease, accompanied by the appearance of severe pain. With cervical osteochondrosis, their area of ​​lesion is, as a rule, in the neck and head. At this stage, surgical treatment is necessary - physical exercises with cervical osteochondrosis are performed after this treatment.

Do I begin treatment?

Surgical treatment, as a rule, is prescribed only if the conservative treatment has been unsuccessful or the disease has already reached a severe stage. Surgical intervention is performed when compression of the brachial plexus has already occurred. Surgically, you can remove additional ribs, intervertebral hernia, cure hypertrophied stair muscles, etc.
But it is possible and conservative treatment. If you have not yet reached the last stage of cervicothoracic osteochondrosis, exercises can help cope with the disease. In acute periods of the disease, doctors recommend resting a sick limb, for example, with a support bandage. If special therapeutic gymnastics, manual therapy and post-isometric therapy do not bring the necessary mitigation, anti-inflammatory or analgesic drugs, physiotherapy and laser therapy can be prescribed. A good effect can also be injected with corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs into the periarticular region - usually the course does not exceed three injections. In addition, compresses containing bischofite or dimexide may be administered.

Are there any advantages of exercise therapy for osteochondrosis?

Osteochondrosis in childhood or radicular syndrome usually appears as a consequence of curvature of the spine. The appearance of changes in intervertebral discs is most often associated with an incorrect redistribution of the load due to curvature of the spine. When the disease only begins to develop the process of development of curvatures can be avoided by building a muscular corset. Exercise even on the diseased neck will improve blood circulation, help develop the back muscles and will help get rid of the pain.
Medical gymnastics can harm when already cervical osteochondrosis is "earned", if, for example, the patient feels severe pain. In this case, medicamentous treatment with non-steroid drugs can be prescribed, combining also manual therapy. Only after the completion of such treatment is prescribed a set of exercises.
Complexes LFK differ from each other in that they affect different areas where the lesion is located. If the disease evolved into a hernia stage, it is necessary to consult a doctor about the specific set of exercises.
Adults who have earned an easy form of osteochondrosis except exercise therapy can be advised to do yoga, pilates, go to the pool or to individual lessons in the gym. Children are best to choose a group of corrective gymnastics, or special exercises in the pool. On the other hand, the swimming section is also suitable, provided that the coach knows what exercises to assign in this case.
To be engaged in the proposed sets of gymnastics for the neck with osteochondrosis can be at any age, do it best every day, gradually increasing the number of repetitions. Attention! Exercises should be discontinued if you experience pain during class.

Charge for osteochondrosis

The neck area is recognized as the second most common defeat with osteochondrosis, in front of it is only the lumbar. It is worth noting that both diseases are found, as a rule, in one type of people - these are employees of organizations whose work requires them to spend eight hours while sitting at a computer in a sitting position. Naturally, this way of life leads to the appearance of pain in the neck - today it happens rarely, and it can be very difficult to deal with the disease.

Rules for charging the neck

Before you start, you should note for yourself some simple rules that will eventually help to make charging not by some usual daily procedure for suppressing pains, but by a full medical element:

  1. To perform a set of exercises for cervical osteochondrosis,opportunities - this is especially important if you are an office worker, because such charging in case of cervical osteochondrosis does not take more than ten minutes, and you can perform it in a sitting position;
  2. In the mornings and evenings, every exercise should be done standing;
  3. To do at least 10-20 turns and head inclinations is necessary immediately, when in the neck there are painful sensations;
  4. Combine any charging is desirable with a mild self-massage of the neck;
  5. Follow the exercises for shoulder and arm area, if possible.

If you really work for your computer for a long time, it is advisable to take a break for charging about once every hour. If this is not possible for you, then it is desirable at least every half-hour to spend a couple of minutes on the slopes of the head and slight rubbing of the neck.

Neck gymnastics for osteochondrosis

Regular exercise of simple exercises will eradicate any prerequisites for painful attacks in cervical osteochondrosis. Performing such exercises does not take much time and does not require special efforts - you need to remember for ever several effective movements:
  1. Three times put your palm to your forehead and crush for about ten seconds, and you should definitely strain your neck. Then you can do the same thing, only with the back of your head;
  2. By analogy, it is necessary to press, only now first left and then right hand on the temple, also for ten seconds;
  3. Slightly tilting his head back should try to touch the ear to the shoulder, first right, and then left - exercise is performed five times per ear;
  4. Also, slightly throwing your head back, try to overcome the resistance of the straining muscles of the neck and press the chin to the jugular fossa. This exercise is performed at least five times;
  5. The head and shoulders should be straight. Slowly turn your head as far as possible to the right and left, five times on each side;
  6. With your chin down to your neck, turn your head first to the right and then to the left, also five times on each side;
  7. Rotate in different directions, five times;
  8. Put your right palm on your left cheek and try to simulate your own head rotation.

Such a complex can be modified if you perform these exercises in a prone position. In addition, this complex is recommended to include in the morning exercises for the neck with osteochondrosis, and also to give time to it during the working day. Perform these exercises they can sit, standing and lying.

More complex exercises

This complex should be performed only at the first stages of the disease or as a preventive measure. If the osteochondrosis of the cervical spine progresses to a severe form, the exercises of this section should be performed only after consulting a specialist.

Warm up
In its quality, as a rule, one uses ordinary walking first on full foot, then on toes and, accordingly, on the heels. You have to walk until you get a feeling of warmth. After achieving this effect, you need to perform exercises to relax the muscles in the cervical region.

Exercises to relax the neck
Stand up straight, hands must be lowered along the body. Straining your arms, hold them in tension for half a minute, and during this time straightening your back, dropping your shoulders and shoulder blades. Then relax so that your hands can sway freely.

Twisting of the cervical section of the
Such movements must also be performed while standing. Begin as though lowering the nape and at the same time twisting the cervical vertebrae. Try to imagine how the base of the spine moves forward along a rounded path. You do not need to tilt your head sharply - just try to lower the vertebrae down one by one. Ideally, you need to place your chin on your chest, without raising your shoulders. Straighten, move in the opposite order, as if "spinning" the spine. Repeat the exercise until the sensation of warmth in the neck appears.

Hand swing
Stand up straight, tilt the body so that it is parallel to the floor. Hands spread apart. Do not stretch your shoulders towards the ears - try to pull the crown forward and at the same time lower the shoulder blades in the direction of the spine. The blades should move like wings: with a swinging arm, pull the blades to the center with force. In this case, the hands should remain straight and move slightly back. Do not move your hands by inertia - try to make work only the muscles of the back.
Remember! This option of neck gymnastics for osteochondrosis is possible only at the initial stage of the disease and requires professional medical advice

Massage for neck osteochondrosis of the neck

Massage of the collar zone is primarily prescribed to those people who do not pay attention to motor activity, and also to those who are accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle. This massage allows you to relieve tension in the muscles and pain in the cervical region, relieve migraines and spasms, eliminates pain in the nape of the neck. Collaring massage can be cured of a whole range of diseases, in addition to osteochondrosis: neck curvature, hypertension and so on.

In addition, such a massage leads to a normal blood pressure, which causes blood flow to the brain to increase, and the body starts to work much faster and better. The only thing is to trust only the hands of professionals who perform quality massage - this allows you to relax, get rid of the strain of both physical and moral. After such a procedure, you will cease to feel tired, freshen up and be ready to return to your daily activities with new forces.

General advice

1. Regardless of the form of diseases in the cervical spine, there is a direct relationship between vertebral pains and what causes tension of the muscles and their joints. For example, a draft or cooling can trigger an increase in muscle tension, which is usually the cause of diseases in the cervical region. To prevent this, it is necessary in cold, windy weather, with high humidity, and so on, to protect the neck, wrapping it, for example, with a scarf.
2. Massage the area of ​​the temples if you have a headache. Many people suffer from pain in the neck and shoulder girdle, associated with pain in the temples. They are caused by strained muscles of the neck and shoulder girdle, in which temporal muscles begin to act. If you carefully massage the whiskey with your fingertips, you can partially or completely get rid of the headache. You need to do small in amplitude with a light effort, circular movements from the ear, moving in the direction of the eye.
3. Do not make circular motions with your head. Rotating the head, especially with a serious stage of the disease of this kind is completely unacceptable. Such movements exert a strong load in the cervical spine, and primarily on its lower part. Sometimes this leads not only to aggravation of pain, but also to an increase in the "acute" period due to the huge amount of damage in the soft tissues - this may be the result of this kind of exercises.
4. Never use devices that stretch the cervical vertebrae without consulting a specialist. The vertebrae of the neck are extremely sensitive to force. Therefore, not being careful, performing similar procedures, you can develop the cause of serious injuries in many points of the cervical department. Such treatment alone is fraught with the severance of two vertebrae, which cause the most serious damage in the spinal cord.

Methods of folk therapy

After considering the symptoms and treatment of cervical osteochondrosis with gymnastics, it is necessary to note some folk methods of its treatment. In some cases, hirudotherapy works well. You can come back to normal on average for five sessions, but quite often in patients develop allergic reactions to leeches.
Compresses containing horseradish can be applied to the affected area in a warm form: grate the grilled horseradish and heat the resulting "porridge" and wrap it in several layers, then fix the compress.
Or you can try compresses on burdock: the leaves are washed with hot water, and also heating them. The compress applied to the painful joint is fixed with a bandage, and changes when the leaves dry out.
You can apply rubbing tincture of calendula on vodka - they also fight badly with inflammation. To prepare the tincture you need 50g.flowers of marigold: they must be poured half a liter of vodka and let it brew for two weeks, after which the tincture can be used.
You can also use a healing decoction of birch buds, mint leaves, coriander and dandelion root. Ingredients are poured with boiling water in equal proportions. An hour later, the broth is ready for use in a painful area - it should be rubbed three times a day, and after each rubbing warmly wrap up the affected area.


Physiotherapy for osteochondrosis of the cervical spine

The fight against osteochondrosis should be active and complex. For the prevention and treatment of this ailment are most effective:

  • Massage or self-massage;
  • Stretching;
  • LFK.

Changes in vertebrae lead to neuralgic symptoms - radicular pains of different localization. There may be dizziness, pain in the hands and heart area, intercostal pain. If you do not carry out prevention, these symptoms increase. Let's consider one of effective measures of struggle - exercise therapy at an osteochondrosis of a cervical department.

Recommendations for the exercise of exercise therapy

The methods that you are offered will not require a special gym and equipment.

  • This requires a mat and a well-ventilated room.
  • Gymnastics for osteochondrosis of the cervical region should be carried out in comfortable clothing.
  • Because breathing difficulties during exercise, they should alternate with respiratory gymnastics.
  • Increase the load gradually. If any changes in the heart occur during the exercise, the activity should be stopped and consulted by the doctor.
  • If pain occurs, exercise therapy should be replaced by relaxation and stretching exercises.
  • Monitor the pulse.
  • In acute pain, exercises with weights and abduction are temporarily excluded until the disappearance of painful sensations.
  • The program of classes and a set of exercises, choose after consulting a doctor.

Effects of LFK

LFK - an integral part of the treatment of osteochondrosis

In cervical osteochondrosis, exercise therapy can produce the following effects:

  • Improves blood circulation;
  • Strengthens the muscular corset;
  • Eliminates the low mobility of the vertebrae;
  • The volume of movements increases;
  • Nerve repair occurs, pains decrease.

Contraindications to the exercise of exercise therapy

It is not always possible to carry out complexes of exercise therapy. Consider contraindications:

  • Diseases in acute form or exacerbation of chronic.
  • Acute infectious diseases.
  • Myocardial infarction.
  • Neoplasms( malignant and benign tumors).Heart and aortic aneurysms.
  • Threat of bleeding. Tachycardia and arrhythmia.
  • Hypertension.
  • Myopia with significant changes in the fundus.
  • Diabetes mellitus( severe form).

Dynamic exercises

Dynamic exercises are based on external exercises, which are accompanied by periods of contraction and relaxation of muscles.

Initial position( IP): standing.
Raise your hands on inspiration up, stretch and look at them. On exhalation, return to the i.p.
During inspiration, take the right hand to the side while turning the body and look at it. Return to the i.p.on the exhale
Do the same with the left hand. Repeat the exercise five times.

No. 2
- as in Exercise # 1.Slowly turn your head around, then up and down.
Repeat the exercises in each direction five times.

No. 3
In the same IP.at the inhalation, pull the elbows back and remove the scapula. On exhalation, direct the elbows forward. Repeat five times.

No. 4
Standing with arms outstretched, legs apart.
Rotate your hands with your hands. With each movement, increase the amplitude. Repeat five times.

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I.p.- as in exercise number 1.
Make a springing tilt to the right, while turning the head to the left. On exhalation, raise your right hand over your head. Return to the i.p.on inhalation. Repeat five times in each direction.

No. 6
On inhaling, stand on your toes, lifting your arms up and bending over, look at your hands. Hand your hands aside, put them on your knees and make springy squats. On exhalation, try to touch your knees with your head. Repeat five times.

No. 7
- standing, move your arms to the left in parallel and look at the brush.
Leave the right leg, move the left leg back and cross with the right foot. Describe the circle with your hands. In doing so, look at the hands. Thighs must be immovable.
Repeat five.

No. 8
- Lie on your stomach.
On inhalation, bend and then raise your hands and as high as possible. Look at the hands. Return to the i.p.on exhalation.
Repeat five times.

Left leg set aside look left and jump on the right foot. On each leg, make up to 10 jumps.
After the exercise, go for walking, decreasing gradually the tempo.

No. 10
- Stand and stretch your arms in front of you
Take your hands to the sides and bring them together.
Repeat five times.

Static exercises

The peculiarity of static exercises is that for their execution the maximum effort of the muscles is required, which act on the stationary object or keep the uncomfortable position of the body.

This complex of LFK can be used for cervicothoracic osteochondrosis. They increase flexibility and increase metabolic processes in the spine, contribute to the recovery of nerves.

Exercise conditions

  • Exercises without weighting - with an effort to strain the muscles, the movements are very slow.
  • Exercises with burdening - maximally strain the muscles, the amplitude of movements is minimal.
  • As a load, use your own weight, move slowly, with effort, straining your muscles and holding the pose as long as possible.
  • The technique involves a combination with meditation( focusing on a specific department of the spine).

In the process of these exercises, pain can occur, which gradually disappears, due to the stretching of the nerve trunks and individual muscles.

In the process of performing the exercises, small pain sensations may appear

Complex of exercises

This complex of exercise therapy for osteochondrosis of the cervical department supplements dynamic exercises.

No. 1
- sitting.
Tighten the muscles and with maximum effort turn the head to the right, look at the slow inspiration behind the back down. Take ip, relax the muscles in exhalation. Do the same in the other direction.
Tighten your muscles and tilt your head to the left with inspiration, while striving to touch the left shoulder with your ear. Do the same in the other direction.
Tilt your head backward with inspiration and hold the position. Relax your muscles.
Tilt your head forward with inspiration and touch the chest with your chin. I.p.
In each position, stay at least 5 seconds. Repeat each movement twice.

No. 2
- Standing, put your feet apart, spread your hands palms up and to the sides and bend at the elbows.
Tighten your muscles. On inspiration, forcefully remove the scapula. I.p. Repeat five times.

No. 3
- Lift your hands up and spread the sides. Stand on your toes, bend over and look at your hands. Then bend your knees a little. Take your hands apart and put on your knees. Touch the chin of your chest as you exhale.
Repeat five times.

No. 4
Close your palms and attach them to your right cheek. Do not change the position of the head on inspiration, strain the muscles on your closed palms. Accept i.p.on exhalation, relaxing the muscles. Repeat the movements to the other side.
Inhaling, straining muscles, press your fists with your forehead, as if you are overcoming an obstacle. On exhalation, take i.p.
Exercise slowly, maximally relaxing the muscles between phases. Maintain muscle tension for 5 seconds.
Grab your palms with your fingers closed around your neck and head. Overcome the resistance of the hands, straining the muscles, and try to pull your hands up your head on inhaling. On exhalation, take i.p.
Repeat the exercise five times.

No. 5
- sitting.
Make self-massage of the head and neck. First, perform light strokes, rubbing, ending with light strokes. This will relieve tension and prepare you for the next exercise.

No. 6
- on the stomach.
Tilt your head and touch the chin of your chest, with your hands, press the nape of the neck, overcoming the tension of the neck. Carry out 10 seconds.
Tilt the head back as far as possible, with hands pressing on the back of the head, overcoming the tension of the neck. Carry out 10 seconds.
Repeat each 3 times.
Close your fingers and put your forehead on them. Relax your muscles for 10 seconds.

- On the side, place the palm on your stomach.
On a slow inspiration stick out your stomach, on a slow exhalation - retract. Repeat five times.

No. 8
- on the stomach.
Lean on the floor with your elbow on the floor, put your chin in the palm of your hand. Put the left on the back of the head. Head to the left with effort, helping hands. Hold the pose for 10 seconds.
Repeat the exercises with the other hand. Perform each exercise five times.

- on your stomach, put your forehead on the rug.
Turn your head to the left, touch the ear of the floor, raise your head for 20 seconds above the floor. Return to the i.p.
All movements do five times.

After gymnastics for the cervical spine, perform a relaxing self-massage of the neck, making a bias on stroking, rubbing and deep kneading.


Therapeutic gymnastics for osteochondrosis: cervical, thoracic and lumbar

Osteochondrosis is a complex dystrophic disorder in the cartilage of joints. It can develop in virtually any of the joints, but most often the discs between the vertebrae are affected. Depending on the localization, lumbar, thoracic and cervical types of osteochondrosis are distinguished. Most often, static static loads lead to cervical osteochondrosis. To prevent the onset of this disease and to strengthen the muscles that hold the intervertebral discs, charge for cervical osteochondrosis is prescribed. Let's take a closer look at the exercises for osteochondrosis.

If you have an exacerbation period

In the period of exacerbations the patient is recommended to lie on a tight bed. Under the knees it is better to put a roller to relax the muscles. To relieve the compression of the nerve root, improve lymph and blood circulation, underwater and dry traction is prescribed. Unloading and rest in the diseased part of the spine create conditions for scarring of ruptures and cracks in the fibrous ring. This can be a pledge of lasting relief. Already at an early stage of the disease, special exercises for the spine are introduced, to relax the trunk. They help reduce irritation in the nerve roots, contacting the intervertebral disc.
During the acute stage, exercises that promote the extension of the lumbar zone of the spinal column are contraindicated. After all, in the case of increased pressure, richly innervated nerve roots and posterior ligaments feel severe pain. An excellent therapeutic effect is brought by exercises aimed at stretching the spine along the axis. In this case, the distances between the vertebrae and the diameters of the intervertebral apertures increase. This helps to relieve tension from the surrounding vessels and nerve roots.

During the period of exacerbation, medical therapy should not be done.

Exercises for cervical osteochondrosis

Cervical osteochondrosis is one of the main causes of headache in people of modern megacities. According to modern science, cervical osteochondrosis is laid even during passage of the fetus in the birth canal. However, there are effective exercises against this disease. Here is one of these complexes, useful for cervical problems:

  • The head and shoulders are held straight. Slowly turn your head to the right until it stops. Then just follow the left.
  • Head throws back. With your right ear, try to touch the right shoulder. Do the same movements, trying to touch the left ear of the left shoulder.
  • The chin falls to the neck. The head turns first to the right, then to the left.

Exercises for cervical osteochondrosis are recommended for inclusion in the complex of morning exercises, and also for performing it during the working day. You can perform it sitting or standing. Daily implementation of such exercises for a long time - an excellent prevention of osteochondrosis in the cervical spine. However, do not rotate the head: an untrained person can injure the neck. On the video you can see in detail the technique of execution.

Most often, the exercises are performed from the sitting and lying positions. Here are descriptions of some exercises:

Push your forehead with your forehead, straining your neck muscles. The exercise is done three times. Then press the back of your hand with the back of your head.

Head slightly tilts back. The chin is pressed against the cervical fossa, overcoming the resistance in the strained muscles of the neck. Perform the exercise 5 times.

Straining the neck muscles, press the left temple with the left palm( 3 times), then the right palm with the right temple.

Exercises for chest osteochondrosis

Pain periodically appearing in the spine at the chest level, serves as a sign of beginning osteochondrosis in the thoracic spine. Such an ailment often affects people of the following professions: computer operators, designers, drivers, as well as ordinary computer users. However, it is not necessary that if you often drag weights or sit at the computer for a long time, then you will have osteochondrosis.

To fence yourself off from this disease, it is important to monitor the correct posture and maintain the muscles of the thoracic area in tone. Form the posture at an early age, and you can do this later. Better later than never. Take into account that the back should stay straight while walking, and shoulders with straightened. And if you also regularly do exercises that support and develop muscle tone of the abdomen and back, they will also ensure the normal mobility of each segment of the thoracic region.

Here are the most important of these exercises:

  • Sit on a chair with a low back. The main condition is that the scapula should rest on it. Slowly bend back to see the wall behind it.
  • Sit on a chair, fold your hands between your knees. On the breath, make the torso bend in the sides, exhale straight. Then the same way in the other direction.
  • On the inhale, bend, for exhalation unbend, adhering to an even and calm breathing.

Here are some examples of exercises( preferably explaining the video):

  • Sit on a chair, put your hands behind your head: inhale, maximally bending. Use your shoulder blades to rest on the back of the chair and exhale.
  • Performed on all fours: bend the back as much as possible, hold for a couple of seconds in this position. The head is held straight, then returns to its original position.
  • Lie on your stomach, resting your hands on the floor. Maximize backwards, try to tear the body off the floor.
  • Lie on your stomach, keep your hands along the body. Rag the thoracic spine, trying to lift your legs and head up as much as possible.

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Exercises for lumbar osteochondrosis

Lumbar pain is the payment of people for erectness when the greatest load falls on the lower back. It is she who carries the whole mass of the human body, performing the role of shock absorber. According to the results of the research, pain in the lower back is much less common among those who lead an active lifestyle. A good prophylaxis for the development of osteochondrosis and the appearance of low back pain is facilitated by charging with lumbar spine osteochondrosis and active rest. Therapeutic exercises relieve daytime congestion of joints, ligaments and muscles in the lumbar spine.

Treatment of lumbar osteochondrosis should be comprehensive. The main attention is paid to the restoration of motor functions and the elimination of pain. When complex treatment of such a disease, together with drug treatment, stretching and massage, it is very important to charge with lumbar osteochondrosis. Its main task is the creation of a sufficiently strong muscular corset in the trunk, which can completely relieve the spine, i.e., reduce the load on the disks.

Exercises should be performed in the supine position, on the side and on the back. This requires complete unloading of the spine, since in such cases the pressure inside the discs of the affected area is reduced by half, in comparison with the pressure in the vertical state. Painful changes in the spine are also found in patients of quite a young age. This happens during periods of greatest activity, and hence the greatest loads. Most people get the first symptoms of osteochondrosis at the age of about 30 years, especially the symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis.

In the photo - a set of exercises for strengthening the loins

It is recommended that a set of exercises that is performed throughout the day. With a sedentary and sedentary lifestyle there is a stagnation of blood in different parts of the spine. Proper lifting of weights is very important for health. You can not bend down, it is better to sit down, then take the load, getting up with it together. As a result, the legs will be loaded, not the backbone. When lifting anything, avoid turning the trunk around the axis. In addition, as already mentioned, the physical load in osteochondrosis is extremely important, helping to relieve unnecessary tension from the spinal column.


  • The complex of exercises intended for the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis should be performed if possible in the intervals between work.
  • Exercise from the osteochondrosis of the spine should not be misused, since it is much easier to hurt than to restore one or another part of the spine.
  • If there are pains in the cervical region, you need to do as quickly as possible 10-20 slow slopes to the sides, back and forth.
  • For severe pain, the exercise should be stopped.

6 elementary exercises

Beginning follows from the simplest exercises. Their regular execution helps to prevent the appearance of pain in the problem department of the spine. Moreover, such activities will not take much time, and the result may well please.

  1. The head tilts back and then slowly tilts to the right and left. In total - 10 times.
  2. The head tilts backwards and under the tension of the occipital muscles, movements begin towards the jugular fossa.
  3. The head leans forward and a turn is made to one and the other side. In total - 10 times.
  4. With your right hand hold on to your left cheek and simulates rotation. After doing the same with the left hand and right cheek.
  5. Slowly rotates the head in one and the other side.
  6. Keep your shoulders straight, your head turns to the right as far as possible, and then to the left. In total - 10 times.

Similar exercises exist for the thoracic, sacral and lumbar spine. In a complex of these exercises can make morning exercises for osteochondrosis.

Complex therapeutic exercise

Can be used for morning exercises and complex treatment of the spine.

When uncomplicated osteochondrosis should be performed every day, starting with a warm-up and gradually moving to more complex physical exercises.

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Warm up

Walking in place: on the full foot, on the toes and heels. The movements are carried out slowly, as if with pleasure, until the appearance of warm sensations in the legs.

Relaxation of the muscles of the cervical department

Standing smoothly and holding your hands at the seams, a short-term tension of the hands begins, during which the back is leveled, and the shoulder blades should be tried to bring together. After exercise, you need to relax, hands at the same time freely sway.


Standing evenly, we begin the exercise of twisting the spine. The task is easier to accomplish if you imagine a spiral that goes from the head down and this spiral twists the spine. As a result, the chin should be on the chest. After this, the unwinding exercise begins, which is done in the opposite way. The feeling of heat in the cervical section will indicate the correctness of the exercise.

Therapeutic gymnastics for chronic osteochondrosis

Schematic depiction of stages of osteochondrosis.

There is a set of exercises that helps to improve the health of the cervical osteochondrosis in the chronic stage of leakage. Do it at a slow pace and regularly.

  1. Standing smoothly( if comfortable - sitting), simultaneous lifting of both shoulders starts. When the maximum height is reached, it is worthwhile to stay in the reached position for 10 seconds, then slowly lower the shoulders. After waiting 10 seconds, repeat the exercise. In total - 10 times.
  2. A palm is pressed to the forehead and pressed back for 10 seconds. After that, such an exercise is carried out with the back of the head.
  3. To the temple with the right side and then the left side, the palm is applied and pressed to the side for 10 seconds.

Summing up

Osteochondrosis is a widespread disease of the cervicothoracic, lumbar and sacral spine. It is often found among workers with professional hypodynamia. Before using LFK to improve the condition of the body, you should know about the progression of the disease, otherwise you can do more harm than good. For this purpose it is necessary to address on consultation to vertebronevrologu.

Recommendations of the expert

To avoid exacerbation of osteochondrosis, one should follow simple advice:

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  1. Avoid drafts and hypothermia, otherwise strained under the influence of cold muscles will provoke pain;
  2. Headaches are often associated with pain in the neck, so light massaging movements in the temples can reduce pain or completely eliminate them;
  3. Circular rotation of the head should be excluded from the complex of exercises for osteochondrosis of the cervical vertebra. The result of their conduct may be tissue trauma.10 effective exercises for cervical osteochondrosis

    Osteochondrosis of the cervical spine every year "younger".Headaches, numbness in the hands and dizziness are increasingly complained to by young people under 30 years of age.

    This situation is provoked by the lack of sufficient activity and sedentary work. As a treatment and prevention of osteochondrosis is recommended gymnastics or exercise therapy( exercise therapy).

    Regular exercise improves the nutrition of the intervertebral discs, increases blood circulation in the muscles, the brain receives more oxygen, the vertebrae become mobile, and the muscles become elastic.

    The main condition for an effective result is the doctor's control over all the stages of gymnastics. This is the only way to guarantee a safe recovery.

    Two sets of exercises for osteochondrosis of the cervical department of the

    Gymnastics for osteochondrosis of the cervical department should be developed by the doctor taking into account the peculiarities of the patient's condition: treatment of the disease or prevention, presence of other pathologies of the spine, diseases of the cardiovascular system and so on.

    All exercises during treatment should be performed daily and take at least 15 minutes.

    Today, there are many techniques for the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis. A simple and effective method of gymnastics includes two complexes designed to relax and strain the muscles of the neck.

    The first set of exercises

    Consists of three exercises, aimed at treating chronic osteochondrosis, but can also be used in acute forms during periods of remission.

    The purpose of the complex is to improve the mobility of the cervical vertebrae, the plasticity of the neck muscles. Such exercises relieve tension and contribute to the normalization of blood circulation in the injured zones.

    • # 1.Position of the body - standing or sitting, hands are lowered along the body, the back is even. Soft turns of the head are made in the extreme right and left sides alternately, while trying to place the chin clearly over the shoulder. When performing, you should be guided by pain. If the pain does not allow you to perform the exercise accurately, you can replace the turns with short movements of the head in a certain direction. Number of repetitions: 5 to 10 times.
    • # 2.The initial position of the body, as in the first exercise. The head is tilted downwards so that the chin touches the thoracic cavity, while it is necessary to relax the back muscles of the neck as much as possible. With springy movements, it's easy to try to lower your head even lower. Such an exercise is aimed at developing large back muscles of the neck and improving the flexibility of the cervical vertebrae. Repeat the slopes 5 to 10 times.
    • # 3.The initial position of the body, as in the first exercise. It is necessary to pull the neck back, keeping the head evenly, while drawing the chin. This exercise is aimed at correcting the "goose" posture, when the neck and head are tilted slightly forward. The number of repetitions is 5-10 times.

    The second set of exercises

    Consists of three exercises and is designed primarily for the treatment of chronic osteochondrosis.

    • # 1.In the sitting or standing position, you must put the palm on the forehead and press it, while tilting the head forward - counteracting the head and palm. Thus, the correct position of the vertebrae is maintained, the muscles of the anterior part of the neck are strengthened, and the elasticity of muscles is improved. The number of repetitions is 10 times for 10 seconds.
    • # 2.This exercise is similar to the above, only the palm is applied alternately to the temples. In the process of carrying out such gymnastics, lateral cervical muscles are strengthened, painful manifestations are reduced, and the condition of the vertebrae is improved. The number of repetitions is 10 times for each temple, the duration of counteraction is 10 seconds.
    • # 3.Standing or sitting maximally raise the shoulders to the ears, hold this position for 10 seconds. After that, relax, lower your shoulders, breathe in and relax the muscles of the shoulder and neck, hands must also sag freely. Save this body position for 10-15 seconds. This exercise allows you to relax the lateral muscles of the neck and make them more elastic. The number of repetitions is 5-10 times.

    This gymnastics can be carried out independently as a prophylaxis and in the process of treatment. More complex elements that exist in medicine need to be carried out only with the help of a qualified physician.

    If you experience headaches with cervical osteochondrosis, pay attention to this complex.

    These exercises will also help with the symptoms of chest osteochondrosis. Read more about symptoms.

    Expert opinion of the doctor - recommendations to patients

    On personal experience I was convinced that the use of exercise therapy for the prevention and treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervicothoracic spine is the only correct decision at any stage of the disease.

    Anesthetic ointments and gels only relieve symptoms, but do not struggle with the cause - the degradation of intervertebral discs. Only constant activity and properly selected complexes of exercise therapy will help to get rid of sharp pains and improve the patient's condition. Useful tips for effective sessions:

    • Any gymnastics is carried out only during the remission of the disease, otherwise lessons can lead to deterioration.
    • All exercises should be performed without significant effort and pain: maximally stretch the muscles and stretch the vertebrae is prohibited. Strength exercises can be carried out only after strengthening the neck muscles and after consulting with the doctor.
    • Complexes with tension and relaxation of muscles should alternate.
    • Each exercise should be performed smoothly without sudden movements and attacks. It is important to maintain proper posture.
    • For a positive effect, charging should be done daily at a convenient time. Even after the pain syndrome disappears the need for exercise therapy remains, since it is almost impossible to completely restore the health of the neck.

    I recommend to use at any convenient moment to maintain the health of the cervical spine. This requires up to 15 minutes of free time and a calm environment.

    With regular exercises as prevention, the risk of disease decreases, brain activity rises, even posture remains. And during the treatment such activities are simply necessary to exclude the deterioration of health.

    After all, the body is adapted to activity: walking, running, swimming. A multi-hour seat at the table at the monitor - an unnatural pose. To minimize the damage from negative influence, it is important to use any free time with benefit for the organism, including for maintaining the health of the spine.

    I highly recommend video with exercises for cervical osteochondrosis from Tatyana Chekalova. Competent and effective gymnastics:


    LFK( therapeutic exercise) helps not only to eliminate violations in the cervical spine, but also at an early stage to prevent diseases of the spinal column. A complex of therapeutic gymnastics for osteochondrosis of the cervical department is made by a specialist in exercise therapy or a doctor. Exercises are selected individually, taking into account the diagnosis and characteristics of each patient's body. For example, patients with vestibular disorders( dizziness) are recommended to perform complex exercise therapy in a lying or sitting position.

    Exercise rules

    Before the training, all patients should familiarize themselves with certain rules, the observance of which is necessary to achieve the effect in the treatment of osteochondrosis:

    1. During the exacerbation of the disease, exercises are not carried out. This is due to increased pain and the possibility of complications.
    2. During the lesson, it is important to maintain proper posture. This helps prevent injury to the cervical spine.
    3. Gymnastics for cervical osteochondrosis should not cause pain or discomfort. If these symptoms appear, stop exercising and consult a doctor.

    All movements must be performed smoothly. Sharp and careless actions can lead to the return of pathological symptoms of osteochondrosis.

    Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis with gymnastics is quite effective. Medical gymnastics with osteochondrosis of the cervical department helps in strengthening the muscular corset and restoring joint damage. Almost all exercises can be performed by the patient independently at home. A positive aspect is the free of such treatment. In addition, you can do yoga such treatment will be irreplaceable.

    The first sessions of medical gymnastics are conducted under the supervision of an experienced specialist.

    Basic medical exercises

    The complex of gymnastic exercises for osteochondrosis of the cervical department is selected individually, but there are several exercises recommended in any case:

    1. Lie on your back, completely straightened torso. Put one hand on the chest, the other on the stomach and try to inhale evenly. Hold your breath( 10 seconds), exhale and relax. This exercise is performed for 5 minutes to 5 times a day.
    2. Change the position of the body - turn over on the stomach, again straightening the trunk, without bending the legs in the knees. Raise the head and upper chest, then gently lower it. Within 20 seconds - rest. Repeat several times a day. The time allotted for the exercise is 5 minutes.
    3. Lie on your back, bending your knees. Slowly turn the body to the left and right( interval - 20 seconds).Exercise is performed within 5 minutes.

    Treatment of the cervical department( video) helps to strengthen the muscles of the neck and relieves the patient of pain.

    It is recommended to perform exercises of therapeutic gymnastics after self-massage of the neck. Especially this applies to those patients who experience heaviness in the cervical spine and feel a crunch during the movement of the head. In addition to self-massage and exercise therapy are recommended thermal procedures - a bag with warm sand or a hot-water bottle on the neck.

    Prophylaxis of cervical osteochondrosis

    In osteochondrosis of the cervical spine, therapeutic exercises for the spine are carried out according to various methods. For example, isometric exercises are less dangerous, and consist in counteracting the head to the pressure of the palms of the hands. Perform these exercises without any sudden movements:

    • Sit at the table, straighten your back. Holding the elbow on the table, press the ear to the palm of your hand, and then tilt your head to your shoulder, counteracting your hand. Stay in this position for 10 seconds, repeat several times( both ways).This exercise allows you to strengthen the lateral muscles of the cervical spine.
    • In the same position( elbow on the table surface), lean your forehead against your palm, and with your hand, apply pressure for 10 seconds. Repeat several times.
    • In the position lying on the left side. Put your head on the left hand and press it on your arm. Repeat the same in the position lying on the right side.
    • Stand close to the wall, and press on it with the back of your head( 5 seconds).

    We offer to your attention the full range of curative gymnastics for the cervical spine:

    Isometric gymnastics for osteochondrosis of the cervical region is a good preventive method. And also the Qigong gymnastics.

    In complex LFK with cervical osteochondrosis should include vises on the bar( horizontal bar).This exercise is carried out for 10-30 seconds. During the sagging, the spine extends. For the prevention of disease, it is important to monitor posture, not to stoop. Periodically take breaks in work, master the technique of self-massage of the neck, perform daily a few simple exercises for the cervical spine.

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    Exercises for osteochondrosis of the cervicothoracic spine are the only thing that can help to cope with the disease.

    Because of the sedentary lifestyle, in most cases, office workers suffer from this disease, which spend almost all of their working time in one position.

    In this case, osteochondrosis affects not only the elderly, but also young people who have not even reached the age of 25 years.

    Preventative measures against osteochondrosis

    The development of such a disease has several factors that actively contribute to its development. Everyday loads are what directly affects the spine every day. On the development of osteochondrosis can affect sports physical activity, an innate tendency to the disease. In order to ease the pain, the patient will need a constant warm-up of the muscles. Thanks to this body all necessary conditions will be created for the pain to gradually pass and not come back again afterwards.

    In addition, for the prevention of osteochondrosis should be on a regular basis to visit the pool, start eating right, exercise and temper. At work, it is worth doing at least a short break to stretch your limbs.

    An important factor for preventing the appearance of osteochondrosis is the absence of stressful situations in a person's life.

    Cervicothoracic osteochondrosis: exercises during remission and exacerbation

    Exercise # 1.

    Before performing the exercise, the patient takes any convenient position for him, standing or sitting. After that, smoothly turn the head alternately to the left, then to the right. The selection at this moment is strictly above the shoulder. If initially it is not possible to arrange it this way, after some time after the beginning of studies with the correct arrangement of the chin, there will be no problems.

    There may be pain during the turns. In order to get rid of painful sensations, it is necessary to make turns not in full force, and even half. The maximum number of repetitions of the exercise is ten times.

    Exercise # 2.

    The initial position of the patient's body is similar to that of the first exercise. The main task is to tilt the head down so that the chin touches the thoracic cavity. The back muscles of the neck at the time of exercise are as relaxed as possible. The head should be lowered as low as possible. During the lesson, large back muscles of the neck are actively developed.

    Exercise # 3.

    The position for performing the exercise is similar to the second and the first. The neck is pulled back, while keeping the head flat. Chin is important to draw. The head stretches forward, imitating the goose pose. The number of repetitions is the same as in the other exercises.

    Exercises for the treatment of chronic osteochondrosis


    1. The patient needs to take a pose while sitting or standing, as he is more comfortable. Then put the palm on your forehead and start pressing it. It is also necessary to begin tilting the head forward so that the head and palm counteract each other. During this exercise, the vertebrae retain their correct state. Plus, there is a strengthening of the muscles located in the front of the neck. For one approach, the exercise should be performed at least ten times in a row. Each time, a maximum of ten seconds is allocated.
    2. In order to perform the following exercise, you will also need to take a standing or sitting posture. The difference between the second and the first exercise is that the pressure should be carried out not on the forehead area, but on the temples. By doing this exercise, the lateral muscles located on the neck will be strengthened. The pain will decrease, and the condition of the vertebrae will improve. The number of repetitions of the exercise is the same as in the previous one.
    3. Each patient chooses a pose for performing the exercise independently. Shoulders rise to the ears and stay in this position for up to ten seconds. Then the body relaxes and the shoulders fall. Then it is necessary to inhale and freely spread out the limbs. Hands should be in a free position, hanging. The minimum number of repetitions is five times. The maximum is ten times. Fixing the accepted position - within ten to fifteen seconds.

    Doctors recommend performing such exercises not only as a treatment for osteochondrosis, but also in order to prevent the development of the disease. It is important to know that there are other exercises that are more complex than the above. They should be performed only in tandem with a qualified specialist who will be able to direct the patient's body in the right direction at the initial stage.

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    General tips for performing exercises for cervical chest osteochondrosis

    In order to achieve a positive result in the treatment of osteochondrosis with the help of medical gymnastics, the complex should be performed every day. Even after the discomfort completely disappears( which is extremely difficult to achieve), it is necessary to continue to engage in exercise therapy every day. It is almost impossible to completely restore the health of the cervical vertebrae. And physical education will support them in normal condition, regardless of how much the patient a day spends time in a sitting position.

    You need to do the exercises smoothly.

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    In no case should there be any sudden movements. Otherwise, the pain can only intensify, which will lead to the lack of the opportunity to move normally and lead a life habitual for the patient.

    During physical education, the patient must independently monitor the correctness of the positioning of his posture. The back in position is exactly - the path to recovery. On the correct posture directly depends on whether the exercises will have a positive result.

    Therapeutic gymnastics should be directed either to relaxation of the muscles or to their tension. This may depend on the patient's state of health for today, as well as the frequency of acute pain. It is important to ensure that the different complexes alternate with each other. Otherwise, the benefit from exercise therapy will not be practically felt by the patient.

    Remission of the disease is an ideal time for exercising. If the patient will deal with it at another time, his condition may deteriorate noticeably: severe pain will arise, which will help to cope only with a qualified specialist.

    Before performing any exercises, you should consult your doctor. Only he can tell exactly what exercises are worth doing, and from which it is best to refrain. If necessary, the doctor will independently develop a set of physical activity, which can help in the fight against the disease. The choice of exercises can be affected by the presence of other pathologies associated with incorrect posture.


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    During the patient's exercise, the patient should not be sick. If there is pain, the activity should be stopped immediately.

    It is best if the lesson is held in a quiet environment, when the patient does not need to hurry. Most often, this environment surrounds people only at home.


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