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Managing Cervical Spondylosis with Ayurveda
Understanding Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical Spondylosis is a degenerative condition that affects the cervical spine, i.e., the seven vertebrae that make up the neck. It is a chronic condition that develops over time and can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It affects the vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs of the neck, and the contents of the spinal canal, which can lead to myelopathy and radiculopathy.
The Rise of Cervical Spondylosis Among Desk Workers
Nowadays, an increasing number of desk workers are reporting cervical spondylosis. Spending long hours sitting in front of a computer, poor posture, and lack of exercise are the main culprits behind this trend.
Greeva Sthambha: The Ayurvedic Perspective on Cervical Spondylosis
In Ayurveda, cervical spondylosis is similar to Greeva sthambha, a disorder of Vata responsible for movement. Vitiated Vata is caused by the obstruction of pathway by vitiated Pitta and Kapha or an increase of Vata, leading to degenerative changes.
Signs and Symptoms of Greeva Sthambha
The signs and symptoms of Greeva Sthambha include numbness and stiffness of hands, legs, and head (Paniprishta shiro-graha), body stiffness (gathra sthabthatha), and cracking, throbbing kinds of pain (bheda sthoda arthi).
Imbalance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha: Ayurveda’s Take on Disease Conditions
According to Ayurveda, an imbalance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha is responsible for all kinds of disease conditions. In the case of cervical spondylosis, Vata is the main offender. This is caused by either the obstruction of the pathway by vitiated Pitta and Kapha or the increase of Vata (dehathu kshaya – due to degenerative changes).
What Contributes to the Development of Cervical Spondylosis
Various factors can contribute to the development of cervical spondylosis. Some of the most common ones include age, sedentary lifestyle, repetitive injuries, and bearing heavy weight on the head.
Age: A Major Risk Factor for Cervical Spondylosis
As we age, our body tissues start degenerating, and Vata increases, leading to disc degeneration and dryness. This can cause a decrease of Kapha dosha, in particular, sleshaka Kapha (synovial fluid), which is responsible for cushioning in between bone joints.
Sedentary Lifestyle and Repetitive Injuries
Sedentary lifestyle and repetitive injuries can also contribute to the development of cervical spondylosis. Sitting for long hours without taking breaks, poor posture, and performing repetitive tasks can lead to muscle strain and inflammation.
Bearing Heavy Weight on the Head: An Overlooked Factor
Bearing heavy weight on the head, such as carrying heavy bags or backpacks, can also strain the muscles and ligaments in the neck and contribute to the development of cervical spondylosis.
Ayurvedic Treatments for Cervical Spondylosis
Ayurveda offers a comprehensive approach to the treatment of cervical spondylosis. The treatment plan usually includes snehana (oiling) and swedana (fomentation) in all forms to help suppress Vata, Vathahara medications for internal use, Panchakarma treatments, yoga, and lifestyle correction.
Snehana and Swedana: Oiling and Fomentation for Suppressing Vata
Snehana and swedana are two essential treatments in Ayurveda for suppressing Vata, which is the primary cause of cervical spondylosis. Snehana refers to the application of medicated oils on the body, while swedana is a process of sweating or fomentation. These treatments help to nourish and lubricate the joints, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain.
Vathahara Medications: Internal Medications to Balance Vata
Ayurvedic physicians prescribe Vathahara medications to balance Vata internally. These medications help to reduce inflammation, strengthen the bones and muscles, and improve blood circulation.
Panchakarma Treatments: Detoxification and Rejuvenation
Panchakarma treatments are for Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapies. Panchakarma help to eliminate toxins from the body, balance the doshas, and improve overall health.
Yoga: Gentle Exercises for Neck and Spine Health
Yoga is an integral part of Ayurveda and is highly beneficial for cervical spondylosis. Practicing yoga regularly can help to improve flexibility, strengthen the muscles, and alleviate pain. Expert physicians at the clinic recommended suitable yoga poses as per the unique condition of the patients.
Good Diet: Nourishing Foods for Bone and Muscle Health
A healthy and balanced diet is crucial for managing cervical spondylosis. Ayurveda recommends a diet rich in calcium, magnesium, and other essential nutrients for maintaining bone and muscle health. Dietary recommendations are integral part of the personal treatment plan for cervical spondylosis.
Lifestyle Correction: Making Positive Changes for a Healthier Life
Lifestyle correction is an essential aspect of Ayurvedic treatment for cervical spondylosis. Making positive changes in your daily routine and habits can help to reduce the severity of symptoms and prevent further damage. Some of the recommended lifestyle changes for cervical spondylosis include maintaining good posture, avoiding heavy lifting, taking frequent breaks during work, and practicing stress-relieving techniques like meditation and deep breathing.
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Oasis Care Ayurveda Medical Center’s Approach
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