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Cervical Push Syndrome - Dizziness, High Blood Pressure: "Vertebral Artery Type" Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical Push Syndrome - Dizziness, High Blood Pressure: "Vertebral Artery Type" Cervical Spondylosis


The patient was a 60-year-old man who had suddenly fainted twice. He was diagnosed and treated in a hospital in Foshan, the PRC. The doctor diagnosed him as "hypertension" and "Ménière's Disease", that is, unexplained fainting.

In Hong Kong it is called as "Unbalanced Ear Water". The doctor gave him a lot of antihypertensive drugs, but his condition was unstable, which made him often feel like the sky was spinning, lacking energy, and he would have to rest in bed after once he felt dizzy and could not get up until his symptoms were stabilized. He often has blue mouth and white lips, nausea and vomiting. Recently, his condition has become more serious and he often faints suddenly. After fainted again twice, his family members were very worried. The old man went to the hospital for further consultation but with no improvement. The doctor just increased the amount of antihypertensive drugs. Having no other method, the old man seek our clinic for help and hired me to Shunde for treatment.

During the consultation, I saw that the old man’s complexion being very pale and swollen. I listened to his pulse and found that his blood pressure was indeed high. I checked the spine and found that his cervical and lumbar vertebrae were too straight, and his physiological curvature was not enough. I palpated his neck, shoulders, and back and found that his muscles were very tight and not elastic. Then, I pressed his cervical spine again and found that there was induration and tenderness in his second vertebral body. This is because the second cervical spine was deviated and compressed the "vertebral artery", which caused insufficient blood supply to the brain and resulted in increased or unstable blood pressure, which further caused headache, dizziness, or even fainting in severe cases. Clinically, there have been patients who have suffered from "stroke" or ear ridge tinnitus due to this reason.

After finding the cause, I immediately diagnosed the old man as "vertebral artery type" cervical spondylosis. The treatment of this disease must be aimed at the cervical spine. So I chose manual reduction as treatment. First, I helped him to relax his stiff muscle tissues on his neck, back, shoulders, and waist. Then, I used acupuncture needles to prick the acupoints of the "Bladder Meridian" on both sides of the cervical spine to dredge the meridians, and then restore the crooked second cervical vertebra and relief the symptoms of oppression. After finishing the treatment, the old man's headache symptoms immediately disappeared, with ruddy complexion and regained spirit. He felt relaxed and his vision became clearer. After the old man went home that night, his blood pressure returned to normal and he didn't need to take antihypertensive drugs anymore. This proves that as long as the diagnosis is correct, the treatment is not complicated.

Clinical manifestations:

1. Dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, positional dizziness, or postural falls.

2. Deafness, tinnitus, and difficulty in tongue movement.

3. Abnormal blood pressure; if the blood supply is insufficient for a long time, symptoms of cerebellum and occipital lobe damage may occur

Source: "The Complete Book of Pain" by Cheung Yung

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