Every person crossing the 40-year milestone encounters unpleasant and at times excruciating manifestations of osteochondrosis. Dr Fedor Ivanovich BEREZIN, a spinal cord specialist, talks about ways to tackle this discomforting condition.
Are you familiar with a situation when a seemingly active and energetic person suddenly falls victim to a backache? Then you know that from that moment on the person suffers from a virtually debilitating condition: This condition makes it impossible to straighten up, to turn, or even to comfortably lie down. This condition is known as osteochondrosis. It is always chronic. And at any moment, osteochondrosis may remind the patient of its existence.
The cause of the pain in osteochondrosis is in disintegrating damaged intervertebral discs, which when shifting pinch the nerves. Many medications are targeted at blocking the nerve impulses transferred from the pinched nerves, this allowing to promptly alleviate the pain syndrome. However, while alleviating the pain syndrome, they do not correct the cause of this condition – disc degradation, and pain returns, again and again. What can be done in this situation? The use of magnetic therapy is the answer!
First of all, and on its own merits, magnetic therapy is a wonderful pain-killer, because, similar to the effect of pain-killer medications, it blocks nerve impulses from the pinched nerves. Magnetic pulses “drop” the pain impulses down, and prevent them from getting into the brain: The patient stops feeling pain. Some patients resolve their pain syndrome at the very first session, some do at the subsequent ones – it depends on the body’s susceptibility. Second of all, magnetic therapy has an effect on the original source of the disease – intervertebral disc degradation. It slows down and stops this process. This happens as follows. The blood circulation is decreased in the area of the impaired spinal cord (as well as in the area of the impaired joint), with the subsequently decreased metabolism. The cartilage then experiences deficiency in building components, while at the same time it gets affected by waste accumulation. All this gives rise to the onset of the following exacerbation. Magnetic therapy increases blood circulation in the spinal cord area by 300%. The increased blood flow brings building components to the vertebral cartilage while promptly removing those that are not needed. And, finally, magnetic therapy is a natural and environmentally clean method of the effect which is virtually free of any side effects.
Magnetic therapy is used both during the periods of exacerbation and at the remission stage for prevention of future exacerbations. Even in absence of pain, individuals suffering from osteochondrosis should undergo the cycles of magnetic therapy at least twice a year – to replenish lost building materials in cartilage, and to eliminate the accumulated disintegration products. It would allow to avoid exacerbations, improving the condition of the intervertebral disc cartilage, vertebra, and perivertebral tissues.
The osteochondrosis treatment will be effective only when it becomes a complex one. The complex therapy of osteochondrosis should include: chondroprotectors (cartilage-sustaining medications), magnetic therapy (increasing blood circulation in the cartilage tissue and facilitating permeation of chondroprotectors), medicinal physical training and exercise (formation of the supporting muscular corset reducing the spinal load). Only such complex approach will ensure a long-term and positive rather than a short-term and instant effect, allowing to live pain-free.