Correcting your cervical spinal position can help prevent spinal injury and cervical cancer, a new study has found.
“Correcting your spinal position is the first step toward preventing spinal injury, cervical cancer and other complications,” said Dr. Jeffrey Fagan, a spinal surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.
“If you are a spinal patient, you can use this guide to correct your spinal column.”
The study, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, found that people who corrected their cervical spine were less likely to have spinal pain and higher rates of cervical spine fractures.
But the researchers did not know how these changes were influenced by the position of the spine.
“We were surprised to find that correcting your cervical column is a very powerful, very effective way to correct cervical spine injury,” said study author Dr. Michael D. Reitz, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas at Austin.
“We’re learning about how to correct the spinal column in ways that don’t involve a lot of back and forth movements.”
Dr. Reatz has worked on the treatment of spinal injuries for nearly 20 years.
He said that correction of the cervical spine is the most common treatment for cervical spine injuries.
“You’re going to need to move your spine a lot in order to correct a spinal injury,” he said.
“There’s a lot to be learned about how the cervical column works in these types of injuries.”
Correcting the spine can be done by bending the spine or by stretching it.
But many people struggle to do this.
In the study, people who were corrected their spine were more likely to suffer back pain, even though the spinal movement had been minimal.
“They may be in a very uncomfortable position, and you may feel as if you’re trying to fix something that’s not broken,” said Reitz.
“But in fact, the spinal motion is so strong that it doesn’t allow for the normal way to relax the muscles,” he added.
Correcting one’s cervical spine posture can be challenging for people who have spinal surgery or who are prone to back pain.
“For someone who has spinal surgery, correcting your spine is very challenging,” said Fagan.
“So you can’t really do it in the traditional way of sitting up.
It’s a little more challenging than it might sound.”
The new study found that correcting the cervical neck posture can help reduce back pain by as much as 10 percent.
That means people who are upright when they sit can relax their back muscles and help prevent pain.
The researchers also found that there were significant differences between people who did the cervical correction and people who didn’t.
People who corrected the cervical spinal column were more than twice as likely to be hospitalized for a spinal fracture than people who weren’t corrected.
“If you have back pain and you want to correct it, you’re going be more likely in the hospital because you have an injury,” Reitz said.
“People who have back surgery have a higher risk of getting a spinal fusion or a vertebral fracture.
So if you can get that correct, that will have a big impact on your risk of spinal fusion and a higher likelihood of a spinal sprain.”
To learn more about correcting the spine, contact Reitz at: [email protected] or 206-532-5740.