Yoga to relieve the symptoms of cervical spondylitis

cervical spondylosisSuffering from a nagging neck ache that just wont go away? Well, if like millions of others you spend your day hunched over a computer for long hours, have a sedentary job or simply read in an uncomfortable posture, then you might be suffering from cervical spondylosis. Also known as cervical osteoarthritis, this condition is caused due to the wear and tear of bones and cartilage in the neck (cervical vertebra). This causes degeneration, chronic neck pain and can disrupt simple day to day activities. Seen mostly in people above 50-60 years of age, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, almost 85% of people above the age of 60 are affected by this disease.

Apart from age, cervical spondylosis can be caused by other factors too. Things like sitting in an uncomfortable posture for long periods, stress on the neck due to the nature of your work, neck or spinal injuries, slip-disk and obesity. Apart from that, if your mother or father have suffered from the condition previously, you might also be predisposed to it.

Once diagnosed, there are various methods that can help relieve the pain and discomfort one feels, but apart from that, yoga can help too.Yoga is a natural remedy for cervical spondylosis that has no side-effects. The regular practice of this ancient science helps you become more flexible and it cultivates a calm mind and a positive attitude towards life. Here are some yoga poses you can try. As a precaution, make sure you do these under the guidance of a trained teacher.

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Healing Cervical Spondylosis with Yoga - 01Bhujangasana

This pose expands the chest and strengthens the spine. It also helps soothe sciatica or lower back pain.

Healing Cervical Spondylosis with Yoga - 02Ardhamatsyendrasana

This pose stretches the neck and shoulder, and also energizes the spine.

Healing Cervical Spondylosis with Yoga - 03Dhanurasana

The Bow pose stretches and stimulates the neck.

Healing Cervical Spondylosis with Yoga - 04Marjariasana

The Cat pose stretches the neck and alleviates backaches.

Healing Cervical Spondylosis with Yoga - 05Setubandhasana

The Bridge pose improves the flow of blood to the head, thus relieving it of headaches. It also stretches the neck and spine.

Healing Cervical Spondylosis with Yoga - 06Matsyasana

The Fish pose strengthens the back of the neck. It also stretches and stimulates the throat and neck.

Proper medical attention, good care and regular exercising can often help relieve the pain significantly. Some other forms of treatment that are commonly recommended by doctors include physiotherapy, painkillers and antidepressants. Apart from this, consciously improving your posture can also help reduce the strain on the neck and thus reduce pain.

Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your prescribed medication. Do not do these asanas without the consent of your treating physician and under the guidance of a trained practitioner. These are only yoga poses to help relieve the pain and should not be substituted instead of medical advice. Please visit your doctor if the symptoms persist or become worse.

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