CERVICAL PROBLEM & HOMEOPATHY
As the modern civilisation advances, it finds itself in the grip of new stress-related diseases. Stress, whether physical or mental, has its toll on our body.
Long working hours, miles of driving and working excessively on computers are some of the factors causing a rise in stress-related cervical problems.
The most common problem of this nature is cervical spondylosis (cervical osteoarthritis). Cervical spondylosis results from chronic degeneration of the cervical spine, including the cushions between the neck vertebrae (cervical disks) and the joints between the bones of the cervical spine. There may be abnormal growths or “spurs” on the vertebrae (the bones of the spine).
These accumulated changes caused by degeneration can gradually compress one or more of the nerve roots. This can lead to increasing pain in the neck and arm, weakness and changes in sensation. In advanced cases, the spinal cord becomes involved. This can affect not just the arms, but the legs as well.
Progressive neck pain is a key indication of cervical spondylosis. It may be the only symptom in many cases.
An examination often shows limited ability to flex the head toward the side (bend the head toward the shoulders) and limited ability to rotate the head. Weakness or sensation losses indicate damage to specific nerve roots or to the spinal cord.
Homeopathic treatment is effective in both situations whether it is a mild cervical strain or cervical spondylosis. There is no single specific medicine for this problem; the treatment is purely symptomatic. In milder cases where no damage has been done to the vertebras and only the muscles are involved, medicines such as guaicum, lachnanthes and cimicfuga are of great help. They are usually indicated when the patients complain of stiffness about the cervical muscles and also when there are no signs of nerve involvement. When there are signs of nerve involvement (numbness, loss of sensation, etc) as in advance cases, kalmia latifolia, paris quadrifolia and colocynth are often the most effective homoeopathic medicines. In advanced cases of degeneration, acidic phosphoric is of great value. Calc phos works very effectively for bony overgrowths. Medicines mentioned above are only for the purpose of self-assessment. Consult your homoeopathic physician for an appropriate dosage. Avoid self-medication.
Some good habits
Take frequent breaks: Don’t sit in one place for a long time, such as your car or at your desk. Arrange some of the items in your office in a manner so that you are forced to get up, stretch yourself or walk around After some time.
Maintain good neck posture:
Adjust the seat of your computer or desk chair so that your hips are slightly higher than your knees – your head and neck will naturally follow in the correct position.
Travelling in a car, airplane or train? Place a small pillow or rolled towel between your neck and a headrest to keep the normal curve in your neck.
How are you sleeping? Avoid sleeping with too many pillows.
When on the phone: Use a speakerphone or headsets – do not cradle the phone in your neck.
Exercise: Treat your body to a consistent regimen of stretching and strengthening to balance your muscle groups. This protects your neck as well as helps your whole body. Walking at any pace is an excellent exercise for your neck. The rotation of the spine provides a great natural workout for the neck muscles.
Eat smart and drink water: Good nutrition and staying well-hydrated are not only important to stay healthy, but also vital for the healing process
Homoeopathy, the healing art, restores the sick to health, in a rapid, gentle and permanent way and is based on easily comprehensible principles. It can cure almost all ailments, in the natural way & without any side effect. Homoeopathic physician provides curative homoeopathic treatment service.
This Hahnemannian Science is a friendly one to human race. It gives prior importance to the ‘suffering individual as a whole’ than to the disease or to the diseased organ alone.
Homoeopathic medicines are prepared from minerals ( Ferrum Met , Sulphur, etc ), plants (Cinchona , Arnica, etc ) , animals (Apis mel, Lachesis, etc ), disease products (Syphylinum, Hydrophobinum ,etc ) healthy animal tissues & secretions (Thyroidinum , Adrenaline , etc ) & immaterial elements or energies ( X-ray , Sun’s ray , etc ).
Every article of food, which has some medicinal virtue, is capable of making variations in the original condition of the patient.. As coffee is a commonly used beverage & coffea cruda is a medicine prepared from coffee, it is advised to abstain from using coffee while taking Homoeopathic medicine.
Frequent attacks of headache, migraine or non-migraine variety, have proved to be a pain in neck not only for the patients who have it, but also for the physicians who treat them. In this small write-up, we shall limit discussion to the migraine headache.
What is migraine headache?
Well, migraine headache has been described as an episodic,paroxysmal headache, usually but not necessarily affecting one side of the head; which may or may not be associated with giddiness, nausea, vomiting or visual impairment. The painful episode of migraine is usually intense and lasting for half an hour to over a couple days.
The Cause: How does it occur ?
The exact cause often remains unknown. It has been proved that migraine is a vascular disorder. Due to some triggering factors, varying from person to person, there is some kind of vasoconstriction and vasodilatation of the branches of the carotid artery ( the major neck blood vessel) which leads to typical throbbing and congestive attack of headache.
While the exact causation in unknown, it has been observed in practice that migraine is often pshychosomatic in origin. There are migraine personality and we have observed in a study of a series of migraine patients at our center, that, there is also a common thread in the migraine personality type.
Many independent studies at various institutes ahve also shown that most migraine sufferes show one or many of teh follwoing behavioral patter : conscientiousness, fastidiousness, rigidity of views, constant conflict between the environame and self, high level of expectation.
Migraine sufferers are more females than males. However, we are observing a shift. Often observed to be running in the family, showing hereditery links.
The symptomatology of migraine:
Migraine headache is a subjective experience. The commonly described pain is typically throbbing, bursting, hammering, or shattering. The pain might start on one side or a spot on the head and spreading to any other place. Ocular areas often affected. The pain is usually severe, intense and tends to be associated with nausea, giddiness and generalised sense of malaise. Many patients feel relieved if there is vomiting.
The episodes of pain are periodic, may be weekly, daily , fortnightly, monthly or irregular.
Migraine and other similar headaches:
Migraine headache should be differentiated from other similar painful conditions where the headache could be due to high blood pressure, sinusitis, trigeminal neuralgia, temporal arteritis, tension headache, etc. A good clinician can help the patient arrive to a correct diagnosis.
Homoeopathic treatment for Migraine:
Migraine has been believed to be an obstinate condition to treat. However, it is a common experience of the practitioners of homoeopathic system of medicine that migraine is curable.
What is homoeopathic approach to migraine treatment ? :
The homoeopathic approach to the treatment of migraine patients is more individualistic. This means, homoeopathy believes that migraine is a personality disorder and hence the treatment should be determined only on the basis of in-depth study of the patients’ personality. This approach helps treating most cases of migraine successfully.
Takalkar, Rahul (Mumbai)” <Rahul.Takalkar@sgs.com 15/12/08