If the cervical compression is not severe, or if only root nerves are being compressed, your physician may prescribe a soft neck collar, which stabilizes your neck and provides increased support. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugsand muscle relaxants may also be prescribed. Your physician may additionally recommend cervical decompression therapy, which stabilizes your spine, improves posture, increase muscle tone and takes the 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. One of the most important components of cervical decompression therapy is exercise. Walk regularly to improve and maintain the muscles in your back, hips and legs.
These muscles promote good posture and support your spine, and must be kept toned to improve stability and walking. Incorporate at least twenty minutes of walking into your daily routine. You will also be instructed to do special stretches, which serve to build strength and endurance, and increase your overall flexibility.