Naturopathy Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis affects the joints of the neck. With age there is degeneration of the cartilage and bones in the cervical spine, causing neck pain and affecting the mobility in the day to day activities. Though age is not the only factor, with a hectic schedule, stressful working hours, spinal injuries, and long commuting time, upper back pain and spondylolysis is a common complaint.
There is no medicine to cure cervical spondylosis they can only give immediate relief from pain. It is only in naturopathy through regular yoga asanas, physiotherapy and right diet that can provide a permanent cure.
What causes cervical spondylosis
- There are several factors responsible for cervical spondylosis:
- Stiff neck due to long hours in front of the laptop that puts extra strain on the neck, head, shoulders, and upper part of the spine.
- Working under stressful conditions is also a fertile ground for spasm in the neck muscles
- Neck injuries after improper lifting of weights or accident
- There could be genetic factors like a family history of spondylitis
- Obesity and sedentary lifestyle
They are seven cervical vertebrae in the neck arranged one over another, having a particular gap, in case of injury or stiff neck the nerves passing through these gaps get pressurized. The pressure on the nerves leads to the symptoms of cervical spondylosis. If it is without inflammation it is called cervical spondylosis. Working continuously intense atmosphere also produces this condition
Faulty body posture, sedentary lifestyle, zero exercises, psychological stress, wrong nutrition resulting from poor dietary habits and strain caused by long working hours or sitting in the same posture for a long time leads to muscle spasm. One of the main causes of cervical spondylosis is also injury, which you might have sustained many years ago, especially neck injury. Many times immediate causes can be improper bending or improper lifting of weights. Emotional stress also causes painful muscle cramping.
Poor body posture also results from cushioned chairs on which people tend to slouch and sit incorrectly. Soft sleeping mattress invariably leads to improper back and neck posture, causing tension, headaches, and pain in the lower back and neck. Modern lifestyle and easy access to conveniences make us exert less physically when we do do not exercise muscles become weak, making them vulnerable and increasing the chance to injury manifold.
Symptoms for Cervical Spondylosis
The first signal of cervical spondylosis is severe pain in the affected area like the shoulders, backside of neck, headache and giddiness in some cases and stiff neck with absolutely no movement or very restricted movement of the neck. In some cases, pain may occur in both the arm and fingers, collar bones, and even throat. Tingling or numbness that mainly affects shoulders and arms, although it can also occur in the legs.
Naturopathy treatment includes diet therapy, yoga therapy, meditation, hydrotherapy, etc. Apart from this we also give the following.
Infrared lamp fomentation
Hydrotherapy treatment-Hot and cold bath is given like Spinal bath or Immersion bath is given
Neck mud pack is given to relax the stiff muscles
Diet and clear bowels are two important parts of any naturopathy treatment.
Diet therapy- While there are no special diets or cure-all diet to alleviate spondylitis. A diet rich in vitamins and nutrients that can boost the overall health. Some food might be part of a diet chart to reduce inflammation.
Physiotherapy is an integral part of naturopathic treatment and highly beneficial in spondylitis and backache.
The patient is advised not to sleep on a thick mattress and sleep without a pillow.
Those troubled with pain are strongly advised against forward bending in a jerk or forward bending exercise. Avoid jogging, running, jerking.
Do not carry any weight that might strain your back, avoid carrying heavy bags, and don’t lift heavy weights do not strain yourself when you are in pain.
Avoid Soft chair, cushion bed because we tend to slouch. Soft mattress to be strictly avoided.
Bhujangasana or the cobra pose
This asan expands the chest and strengthens the spine. It also helps soothe the neck.
It is an effective neck pain exercise.
This pose stretches the neck and shoulder, and also energizes the spine and upper back.
The Bow pose stretches and stimulates the neck.
The Cat pose stretches the neck and alleviates back ache.
The Bridge pose improves the flow of blood to the head, thus relieving it of headache. It also stretches the neck and spine.
The Fish pose strengthens the back of the neck. It also stretches and stimulates the throat and neck.
For details on these asanas refer to http://natural-cure.org/yoga-for-spine-problems/
These yogasans/exercises are primarily aimed at improving the nutrient supply to the spinal disc that would eventually delay the degeneration of cells that comes with age.
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by Pragya Sinha