If the cervical compression is not severe, or if only root nerves are being
compressed, your physician may prescribe a soft neck collar. This will
provide the added stability and support that your neck needs. Drugs that
help with relaxing the muscles and reduce inflamed muscles could be prescribed
for your benefit. Your physician may additionally recommend cervical decompression
therapy, which stabilizes your spine, uplifts your posture, helps with
your muscle tone and removes the added pressure off the compressed discs.
Cervical decompression therapy involves massages, electrical stimulation,
special exercises, and the application of hot and cold packs to reduce
swelling and ease inflammation. Just like most routes to healing, one
of the most important components of cervical decompression therapy is
exercise. Walk as often as possible to help strengthen the muscles in
your back, hips and legs.
This group of muscles is extremely important for good posture and support
to your spine, and must remain in shape to improve stability and walking.
Add at least twenty minutes of walking into your regular daily routine.
It is a short interval that will make the difference. Stretching will
also be required to help you heal, which serve to build strength and endurance,
and increase your overall flexibility.