Mostly In people above 45 years of age, the discs of the cervical spine starts shrinking, breaking down, becomes rigid, loses fluid and develops some boney projections along the edges of the bones which is called as Cervical Spondylosis. Cervical Spondylosis causes severe neck pain and neck region gets stiff by time. Yoga for Cervical Spondylosis and sitting posture correction relieves cervical neck pain, reduces stiffness and strengthens the cervical vertebrates. Regularly practising Yoga asanas for cervical neck pain treats it naturally without medicines and provides permanent cure for Cervical Spondylosis.
To get rid of Cervical Neck Pain completely, see supportive asanas for cervical spondylosis below and give it a try.
What is Cervical Spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis is a condition that results from the deterioration of bones, discs, ligaments, vertebrae, and joints in the neck.
With the growing age and wear and tear of these parts in the neck, this condition called cervical spondylosis develops. The discs of the cervical spine (located in the neck) gradually start dehydrating, shrinking, losing fluid, breaking down and becomes rigid with growing age.
Boney projections along the edges of the bones may develop due to spondylosis. It occurs mostly in people above 45 years of age.
Cervical spondylosis is also known as neck arthritis, cervical osteoarthritis or degenerative osteoarthritis. Cervical spondylosis causes neck pain and weakness in the neck region and in some serious cases, it can also cause mobility and flexibility issues.
Such serious cases may require a surgical process to treat cervical spondylosis. But you can prevent yourself from that surgical operation by Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga Treatment.
Causes of Cervical Spondylosis
As you grow older the bones and ligaments that make your backbone tends to develop wear and tear gradually. The primary causes of cervical spondylosis are a growing age and the natural wear and tear process of the bones. Some other common causes which can lead to cervical spondylosis are:
- Dehydrated Disks - With growing age or with some other issues, the water content in the bone reduces which results in the direct bone to bone contact.
- Herniated Discs - The leaked internal fluid from the disks presses on the nerves which results in the pain.
- Stiff Ligaments - Stiffness of the ligaments reduces the flexibility of the neck.
- Bone Spurs - Bone spurs are the formation of extra bones and it can lead to pain by compressing the nerves responsible for transferring signals in the neck region.
- Injuries - Any injury to the neck can also cause cervical spondylosis.
- Overuse of Neck Muscles - Long-term activities, carrying or lifting heavy objects.
- Occupation and Hobbies - Some occupations like a dancer, construction worker, laborer, gymnast, martial artist, IT (information technology) related jobs that require prolonged use of computers and laptops.
- Genetic history
- Sedentary lifestyle, being very inactive, overweight.
Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis
Although the patients with cervical spondylosis show no significant symptoms in the early stage, some symptoms may appear in the advanced stage of cervical spondylosis. Some common signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis are:
- Neck Pain and stiffness in the neck region, it could be worse in severe cases where a slight movement in the neck region causes extreme pain.
- Pain in arms and shoulders.
- Lack of coordination.
- Difficulty in walking.
- Weakness, tingling, and numbness in hands, legs, arms, and feet.
- Loss of bowel control
- Dizziness and blackouts.
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Unable to rotate the neck.
- Grinding noise and pain while turning the neck.
- Muscle spasms
- Abnormal reflexes
Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga for Cervical Spondylosis
There is a range of yoga for cervical spondylosis that helps the patient in getting relief from pain, stiffness, and weakness. By performing some yoga asanas under the supervision of our well trained and experienced yoga teachers you can easily get rid of cervical neck pain.
Yoga for cervical spondylosis is a natural and holistic remedy. You can achieve an effective result within a few days while saving your valuable time, money and invaluable health. And the most important aspect of Therapeutic Iyengar yoga for cervical spondylosis treatment is that you get to discover a whole new way of living a healthy and meaningful life.
Following are some yoga exercises for cervical spondylosis:
1. Neck Traction
In this asana, a belt is worn on both the hands by the person practicing the asana and then he needs to be in the pose of Udharva Dhanurasana with the help of ropes, it relaxes the neck by increasing the blood circulation and removing the pain and stiffness by aligning the cervical vertebrates properly.
2. Bhujangasana by Ropes (Rope I)
Yoga for cervical neck pain. This asana will remove the stiffness from the shoulder and arms and relieves neck pain.
3. Bhujangasana by Ropes (Rope II)
This asana makes the muscles of the cervical stronger and helps in relieving the cervical pain.
4. Neck Traction II
This asana is performed with the help of a Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga Teacher at our yoga studio. It provides flexibility to cervical discs and removes the stiffness from the neck.
5. Urdhva Hastasana
This asana removes the stiffness from the neck and shoulders by stretching them.
6. Utthita Trikonasana
This asana makes the patient feel relief in neck and shoulders pain.
This asana makes the cervical part of the spine (neck) flexible and even makes the whole spine flexible.
This asana with the help of ropes leaves the head untouched to the ground which improves the blood circulation in the head and neck, in turn, relieving the neck pain.
This pose of yoga for cervical spondylosis makes the spine and neck vertebrates flexible along with good blood flow in the heart as the chest is wide opened.
This is the best yoga for cervical spondylosis. This asana makes the cervical twisted, not only the neck but the whole spine which increases its flexibility and also makes shoulder blades flexible.
11. Bharadvajasana II
This asana is performed with the help of pillar which makes the cervical vertebrates twisted along with the whole spine which increases its flexibility and also makes shoulder blades flexible.
Your doctor will not allow you to practice this asana with Cervical Spondylosis. Even, a general yoga teacher will also not. But We as being therapeutic Iyengar yoga experts, we make cervical and neck pain patients to practice this asana and it makes the shoulder and neck stronger along with relieving neck pain.
13. Setu Bandh Sarvangasana
It helps in removing the stiffness in the neck and helps in mental relaxation.
14. Ujjayi Pranayama
This pranayama at the end increases the level of oxygen in the body and makes the body calm and relaxed.
- During the treatment, all the yoga for cervical spondylitis will be performed with the help of props.
- Patients will be treated by the trained therapeutic yoga teachers & under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
- The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical conditions.
- Every person will be advised to perform yoga exercises for cervical spondylosis based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.