How does a sedentary office protect the cervical spine?


It is inaccurately estimated that about 150 million people in the country have cervical spine disease. Cervical spondylosis has severely affected the health of people’s lives and must be brought to our attention.

In the past, cervical spondylosis was an occupational disease of teachers and doctors, but now it has become more common in sedentary office workers. Many people do not pay attention to cervical spondylosis, thinking that the cervical spine does not hurt, the cervical spine pain is unbearable before going to the hospital to start receiving treatment, but in fact has reached a very serious point.

What causes cervical spine disease?

First, degenerative changes in the cervical spine.

To put it simply, it is a phenomenon of human aging. As soon as a person passes the age of 30, he or she will gradually show signs of aging and degeneration, and the cervical spine will also show various kinds of aging. A lot of mobile phone people with their heads down for a long time, desk sedentary people, will accelerate the aging of the cervical spine, this situation will produce pressure on the nerves, blood vessels, stimulation, resulting in headaches.

Second, congenital causes.

There are two reasons for the congenital one, developmental cervical spinal stenosis, spoken of here. These people are more prone to whiplash, “What can I do? I’m pretty helpless too.” That’s probably what people with developmental cervical spinal stenosis are saying…….

There is also a congenital malformation of the cervical spine, which can be found in the cervical segment of the film, such as obvious bone deformity.

In addition, trauma can also cause cervical spondylosis, such as whiplash dislocation, spinal cord injury, etc.

Third, the causative factor for most people – chronic strain injuries.

Poor posture, working and studying with the head down for long periods of time, preferring high pillows, and violently rotating the neck can put the neck muscles in a state of chronic fatigue and make them vulnerable to injury.

CCTV has an interactive show “Is it true?”, one of which talks about “Can the wrong choice of pillow cause cervical spondylosis? The program interviewed many residents, whose pillows vary in thickness, some prefer a high pillow, which is 11 cm high; some prefer a low buckwheat pillow, which is only 3 cm thick.

Inadequate pillows may be a contributing factor to cervical spondylosis,” said an attending physician in the spine surgery department at Peking University People’s Hospital. The cervical spine under normal conditions has an anterior convexity, and if the pillow is too high, it can make the physiological anterior convexity smaller or produce a cervical anterior arch, which increases the pressure on the discs of the cervical spine. Then there’s bony hyperplasia, or herniated discs that cause neurovascular compression, causing cervical spondylosis.”

Many people go to the hospital for cervical spondylosis, doctors will always say this: you exercise too little, to exercise more, do not always stare at the computer, mobile phone, nothing to go out and walk around.

The focus of planning – “exercise more”, how should we exercise for cervical spine disease?

Whether you are suffering from cervical spondylosis to relieve symptoms or to prevent cervical spondylosis, stick to exercise. In fact, there are specific exercises for the neck as well. Cervical exercises are the best option, sedentary people can get up at intervals to move the cervical spine and do cervical exercises, but avoid straining your neck too much.

You can also take part in sports, such as running, cycling, basketball, badminton, etc. You can exercise more after work and study.

In addition to this, we also have to improve the sleeping posture, the bed can not be too soft or too hard, choose the right pillow, so that the neck maintains a normal physiological natural bend.