Cervical spondylosis is commonly known as Spondylitis. Cervical spondylosis is known as Griva sandhigata vata.
The osteo-arthritic type of Spondylitis is known as Spondylosis. It adversely affects the cervical vertebrae. Cervical spondylosis strikes the vertebrae. This ailment also affects the ligaments as well as the other bony structures.
There are three types of this typical form of arthritis. Besides, Chronic and acute Diabetes may cause other serious complicacies of various sense and other vital organs of the body.
Causes of Cervical spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis is usually reported from among people in the 50-plus age group. This happens primarily because the spines at this stage undergo major osteo-arthritic transformations. However, it is not necessary that all people in this age group will inevitably experience the acute symptoms.
Nonetheless, the common factors that precipitate the ailment are as follows: Consumption of excessive sour food items; trauma; undue pressure on the spine while sleeping; incorrect sleeping postures; use of too soft sleeping mattresses and incorrect postures of the physique.
Cervical spondylosis symptoms
The common symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis are neck stiffness, and pain in the arms, shoulders as well as in the back portion of the neck. The neck pain gets aggravated whenever there is any movement of the spine.
Some patients also experience sleeplessness (insomnia). Many may suffer from even paraplegia and loss of memory.
Constipation aggravates the symptoms
Constipation leads to many ailments – not just of the tummy but also of other portions of the body. When a person suffers from chronic constipation, many vital organs also malfunction. This causes complicacies and various other diseases.
Constipation prolongs the recovery pace of the patient in most of the ailments including Cervical Spondylosis.
Take Simhanada guggulu & Triphala: To aid the purgative power of the bowels and to ensure their regular movement, the patient should have two-four tablets of Simhanada guggulu four times daily. It is usually administered with hot milk or hot water. The dose can be increased in extremely chronic cases.
If the patient already has clear motions, then he/she should be daily given two tablets of this Ayurvedic compound medication.
Once the patient enjoys the benefits from Simhanada guggulu, then he can be given Triphala before retiring for the night. However, the dose is of only once a week. Else, the dose can be given daily along with the dose of Simhanada guggulu.
The dose: A teaspoonful of Triphala needs to be mixed with a cup of hot milk. One can add a teaspoonful of sugar to the mixture for taste.
The patients should regularly consume astringent vegetables like the bitter gourd, neem leaves and flowers, and drumstick – especially the variety that has a bitter taste.
Instead of rice, the person should start taking wheat. However, don’t consume semolina (Suji) and refined wheat (also known a s flour or maida).
What not to eat
- Stay way from all types of our food items like curd;
- Such patients should not also have pulses (in any form) and fried food.
- Refined food preparation items like oil ghee or other solid and liquid finished food products must not be taken at all.
Other important points
The first important point is to ensure that the patient’s physique with particular emphasis to the spine is straight and in the correct posture.
Posture correction tactics
Pay special attention to the manner in which the patient sits especially while reading, writing or doing any work on a table. The height and distance between the chair and table should be such that the patient can comfortably reach the table top. The back and the neck must remain straight. See that these two portions of the body do not bend at the table. In other words, the spine and the neck muscles should not feel any pressure.
Never read or write while lying down or while lying on the tummy on the bed or the floor.
Don’t resort to head bath if the Cervical Spondylosis pain is cute.
Quit the habit of sleeping on sponges or soft mattresses. Instead, choose a hard mattress.
Even while walking, walk straight with the shoulders straight, chest out, tummy tucked in and the head held high.
Learn to keep the lips closed when you are not talking. This obviates the possibilities of pollution affecting the lungs. Moreover, when you are conscious about your posture you will also be able to do the breathing or the Yogic pranayama exercises at various times of the day. It can also aid the mind control process and help in meditation.
Go on morning walks, but…
Make morning walk a habit. It gives considerable relief to the patient suffering from this condition.
However, don’t venture outside if the weather is too cold.
In cold weather or climate, always don a woollen scarf around the neck.
Don’t do neck exercises
Many resort to neck exercises under the false impression that the pain may be due to muscle cramps. Beware! Such forced pressure on the neck also has adverse effects on the already weak spine and its vertebrae. The symptoms and the condition would only accentuate. Hence, it is always advisable to consult the doctor prior to resorting to any exercises by patients suffering from Cervical Spondylosis.
Hot fomentation gives relief from cervical spondylosis pain
Patients suffering from Cervical Spondylosis should regularly resort to hot fomentation of the affected portions. The fomentation is applied for at least 30 minutes. Don’t expose the fomented portion to cold after the process. Keep it warm with a cotton cloth in the summer season. This is more so the case especially in the winter season. Cover the portion with a woollen garment.
The fomentation should not be too hot. Else, it may cause burns.
Fomentation is taken before bedtime. This is the ideal time as the patient can immediately go to bed. It ensures that the fomented portion is not exposed to cold.
In some cases, due to the pressure from the nervous system anaesthetic patches develop in the back, neck, shoulders and the arms. Then, the patient may not feel the heat of the fomentation. Hence, the patient can be the best judge about the quantum of heat required in the fomentation. Hence, it is advisable for the patient to first examine the heat of the fomentation
The fomentation is applied over the neck.
Formentation preparation process: Take a large hanky. Put 500 gm of salt in it and tie the salt with the handkerchief. Keep it over a frying pan till it becomes hot. Once it becomes hot, the fomentation is ready for use.
Ayurveda prescribes Mahanarayana taila (medicated oil) for the patients suffering from cervical spondylosis. The oil is used for gentle massaging of the affected portions of the body. The gentle massaging should be done thrice daily. During the wintry season, the oil should be heated prior to use.
Note: Violent massaging aggravates the conditions. Moreover, no pressure should be exerted on the patient while giving the tender massaging. The gentle massaging is done on the neck and shoulder joint muscles.