Ayurveda Treatment for Cervical spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis is a common condition that affects the cervical spine, it is the part of the spine located in the neck. Cervical spondylosis is caused by a tear in the cervical vertebrae and the intervertebral discs that cushion them. As the age increases, the disc in your spine loses moisture, which causes cervical spondylosis symptoms.

What are the causes of Cervical spondylosis?
• Bone spurs, overgrowth of bone. The extra bone can press on delicate areas of the spine, like the spinal cord and nerves causing severe pain.
• Dehydrated spinal discs.
• Spinal bones have discs between them. The gel-like material inside the discs can dry out as age progresses in a few individuals. This causes your spinal vertebrae to rub together more causing pain.
• Herniated discs
• Injury to the neck
• Ligament stiffness
• Exertion on neck
• Obesity
• Neck injury
• Genetic factors

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What are the symptoms?

Symptoms especially the severity of pain varies from individual to individual:
• Pain around the shoulder blade
• Pain in arm and fingers
• Numbness and tingling sensation in the neck radiates to the arm and fingers
• Stiffness in the neck
• Headaches occur in the back of the head
• Pain may increase when standing, sitting, sneezing, coughing, and during movement of the neck.

How to Diagnose Cervical Spondylosis?
• Physical examination
• X-Ray
• CT Scan

In Ayurveda, Cervical spondylosis is called “Greeva sthamba”, caused due to vitiation of vata dosha, affecting the joints of the neck.

Ayurveda treatment for Cervical spondylosis:

Ayurveda treatment is planned depending upon the severity, to balance the vitiated vata which includes dietary changes, lifestyle changes, Panchakarma therapies, and yoga. The aim of Ayurveda treatment is to balance vata dosha and strengthen the neck muscles. Panchakarma therapies play a very important role in Cervical Spondylosis Treatment.
• Abhyanga followed by swedana
• Nasya strengthens neck muscles
• Shirodhara
• Shirobasti
• Shashtika shaali pinda sweda
• Greeva Basti

Ayurveda herbs to treat cervical spondylosis:
• Ashwagandha
• Guggulu
• Shallaki
• Shunti
• Guduchi
• Rasna

Role of Diet in cervical spondylosis:
• For Any imbalance in individuals’ health, the first important thing is to modify diet, which has to be corrected and taken in a balanced way.
• Diet should be rich in fiber content like seasonal fruits and vegetables, water, and red rice to avoid constipation that prevents straining.
• Intake of methi seeds and sesame seeds in the diet.
• Avoid intake of fried, packed, coffee, tea, beverages, and fridge cold items intake.

Healthy tips and lifestyle:
• Weight management
• Regular physical exercise
• Hot and cold compression
• Regular slow walking on a green grass garden

Role of Yoga to treat cervical spondylosis:

Start to practice daily yoga with sukshma vyayama (warm-up exercise), yoga helps to balance vata dosha, and blood circulation, strengthening the muscles of the neck.
• Stretching of the neck
• Marjariasana
• Adhomukha shwanasana
• Bhujangaasana
• Balasana
• Ardhamatsendraasana

Practicing Anuloma viloma pranayama and meditation to keep oneself calm and composed physically and mentally. So, yoga is a beneficial therapy for individuals with cervical spondylosis treatment as it helps to stretch and strengthen the neck and shoulder muscles, improve posture and reduce stress.

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