Exercises for cervical disc lesions work
Niseko Chiropractic research update
Since starting to consult in Tokyo we have been managing a lot more cervical disc herniation.
Whilst cervical discs herniations are not as common as their lumbar cousins they can cause a great deal of misery and when it starts to affect your arms can really drive you crazy.
The good news is some recent research published in the BMC of MSK disorders has shed light onto the fact that the correct exercises, performed just a few times a day can actually increase the size of the Intervertebral foramen or IVF which is the space between your vertebra where your spinal nerves comes out.
Just an 8 week program was enough to achieve clinically meaningful results and both flexion towards the size of injury and away seemed beneficial, as well as the ” Chin tuck exercises” so if you are suffering from cervical disc injuries there is hope that a trial of conservative care may help.
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Wu, SK., Chen, HY., You, JY. et al. Outcomes of active cervical therapeutic exercise on dynamic intervertebral foramen changes in neck pain patients with disc herniation. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 23, 728 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-022-05670-6