Home Massage for Cervical Spondylopathy

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Cervical spondylopathy: Hyperplasia of cervical vertebrae leads to inflammatory stimulation, which compresses cervical nerve root, spinal cord in the neck, vertebral artery or sympathetic nerve bringing about a syndrome. This syndrome is called cervical spondylopathy or cervical spondylotic syndrome. It is common in the middle-aged and the aged. Clinical manifestations: pain in the neck and shoulder or in the neck and occiput; sensory disturbance of the occiput; stiffness of the neck; radiating pain in the neck, shoulder and arm (one side or both sides) which is accompanied numbness of the fingers; cold limbs; heavy and weak upper limbs; difficulty of the hands in holding things; dizziness; nausea; vomiting; positional vertigo; cataplexy; tinnitus; deafness; and blurred vision. Therapeutic Method: relaxing muscles and tendons, promoting blood circulation, restoring and treating injured soft tissues, and conducting reduction. Manipulation: you need ask your family member or friend to help you. (they would be the “operator” below). You should take the sitting position, and the operator should stand behind you. Massaging with the thumb from the point---Fengchi (GB 20) along sides of the spinous processes of cervical vertebrae down to Dazhu (BL 11), back and forth for 5-7 times with the both sides manipulated alternately. Then, massaging the points--- Tianzong (SI 11), Bingfeng (SI 12), Quepen (ST 12), Jianwaishu (SI 14), Quchi (LI 11), Shousanli (LI 10) and Waiguan (SJ 5) for 8 minutes. Treatment is given once every two days. 10 times of treatment make 1 course.