When it comes to neck tensions, the cervical spine is understandably often thought of. However, the cervical spine can be the cause for many other problems where the connection is not so intuitively obvious. These include feelings of weakness, fatigue, inflammation in the body, lack of resistance to stress, anaemia or tension in the whole body and not just in the neck area.
The main problem of the cervical spine is its hyper mobility. If the small vertebral bodies move too much, this can lead to health problems. The reason is that the vertebral bodies themselves or the cone of the second vertebra exert pressure on nerves or blood vessels when they move too much. You usually do not perceive this pressure yourself and no pain arises. The body nevertheless reacts by producing histamine and nitric oxide.
Histamine makes tissue swell. This serves the body as a protective mechanism against an attack. However, overproduction can lead to swelling of the brain. This painful swelling is known as migraine. In frequent migraines, the cause can therefore be hyperactivity of the cervical spine.
Nitric oxide leads to two main problems. On the one hand, it prevents the proper oxygen exchange in the cell, thus limiting its activity. Secondly, vitamin B12 is needed to neutralise nitric oxide, which can result in a deficiency.
Vitamin B12 for support
When compensating for a B12 deficiency through vitamin supplementation, you should make sure that the vitamin is taken in the form of methylcobalamin or adenosylcobalamin. In these two forms, B12 passes directly into the bloodstream without being metabolized and only a small residue can be absorbed at the end of the small intestine. It can be taken without any problems via lozenges. However, in the case of an overly mobile cervical spine, the requirement can be 2000 units up to four times a day.
Causes for an immobile cervical spine can be congenital or acquired. In the case of a Caesarean section or forceps delivery, excessive pull on the head may already cause the cervical spine to overstretch. Accidents and further strain on the cervical spine later in life can also lead to hypermobility.
The already mentioned administration of B12 offers a solution. Until the cause has been eliminated, the negative consequences of over-mobility in the cervical spine can be partially compensated for.
Improvement of the sleeping place
A second approach is to improve the sleeping area. If the pillow has a suboptimal height or if you sleep on your stomach, a permanent strain can be put on the cervical spine due to an unfavourable head position. A good pillow and sleeping on your side or on your back are therefore important. Especially when the complaints are at their worst immediately after waking up, everything points to this cause.
In order to minimize the discomfort, it is important to prevent further oxidative stress away from the cervical spine. Typical stressors here are amalgam fillings, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. In addition, the addition of minerals and the right diet can help the body to resume its healthy functions.
In everyday life, posture is also crucial. Depending on whether too much strain is placed on the cervical spine when looking up or down, this movement should be carefully limited in everyday life. Looking down for too long is often a problem when reading or working on a laptop and stretches the cervical vertebrae. Looking up tends to be indirect. Due to an inadequate, forward slumped posture, the head lies at the back of the neck, even though one is only looking straight ahead. Therefore, an upright posture should always be observed.
With a few simple changes, you can do a lot against complaints for which the cervical spine is responsible.
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