Yoga for Cervical Spondylitis
What is cervical spondylitis?
Cervical spondylitis is an age-related condition that affects the joints and discs in your cervical spine, which is in your neck. It’s also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis. It develops from wear and tear of cartilage and bones. While it’s mostly due to age, it can be caused by other factors as well.
According to the Health line, the condition is present in more than 85 percent of people over the age of 60, although some people who have it never experience symptoms.
For some, it can cause chronic, severe pain and stiffness. However, many people who have it can conduct normal daily activities.
Symptoms of cervical spondylitis:-
• Chronic neck pain
• Pain in the shoulder blades
• The stiffness of the neck
• A headache at the back of the head are some other symptoms
Tips to prevent cervical spondylitis:-
• To Avoid doing activities that put pressure on the neck.
• To Avoid lifting heavy weights.
• Take short breaks in-between work or other activities to give rest to the neck.
• Daily calcium intake should meet.
• Stay hydrated.
• Eat fruits and green leafy vegetables.
• Exercise regularly but with caution and care.
Current Scenario of cervical spondylitis:-
• Cervical spondylosis is a common condition that is estimated to account for the degenerative changes in the cervical spine, with approximately 90% of cases occurring in those older than 50 years.37,38 Age may play a dual role in the pathogenesis of cervical spondylosis
Yoga for cervical spondylitis:-
Yoga is a natural and holistic remedy for cervical spondylosis. A regular practice of this ancient science leads to a flexible body, calm mind and a positive attitude towards life.
To begin the journey to a pain-free life, start with these yoga poses:
Bhujangasana: This pose expands the chest and strengthens the spine. It also helps soothe sciatica.
Ardha Matsyendrasana: This pose stretches the neck and shoulder, and also energizes the spine.
Dhanurasana: The Bow pose stretches and stimulates the neck.
Marjariasana: The Cat pose stretches the neck and alleviates a backache.
Setu Bandhasana: The Bridge pose improves the flow of blood to the head, thus relieving it of a headache. It also stretches the neck
Matsyasana: The Fish pose strengthens back of the neck. It also stretches and stimulates the throat and neck.
What Food to eat during cervical spondylitis:-
• Fish, nuts, and oilseeds are rich sources of omega three fatty acids and vitamin E acting against inflammation.
• Apple, garlic, ginger, and turmeric are also anti-inflammatory.
• Avoid red meat, white potato, and coffee as it increases acid load in the body Include fruit juice and veg soup in the regular diet.
So here are some yoga asanas and food to eat while suffering from cervical spondylosis.