Cervical spondylosis can be understood as age-related changes in the neck, also called the cervical spine which may cause pain and other symptoms in the neck. This is also called cervical osteoarthritis. Cervical Spondylosis is a condition that causes deterioration of the vertebrae, discs, and ligaments in the neck or cervical spine.
In the Ayurveda context, cervical spondylosis is caused by the imbalance of Vata dosha (bio humor associated with Air and Ether). When Vata gets imbalanced it causes body Tissues depletion which causes disc degeneration responsible for cervical spondylosis.
In modern medicine, the management for cervical spondylosis is either painkillers or surgery. There is no particular treatment performed for root cause problem of neck pain.
In the theory of Ayurveda, the therapies are performed especially on the root cause of neck pain.
1.Oleation Therapy – In oleation therapy herbal medicated oil is poured to the whole body in order to improve the blood circulation in muscles and nerves.
2.Sudation or Perspiration Therapy – Sudation Therapy is performed to produce sweating. This ayurveda therapy utilizes steam generated from medicated herbal decoctions to induce sweat or perspiration. The aim of the therapy is to dilute the various body channels in order to remove the toxins out of the body.
3.Purgation Therapy – The goal of purgation therapy is to manage the purgative substance to flush out toxins with excess mucus from the Gastrointestinal Tract. Purgation Therapy is beneficial in strengthening the muscles, Improving digestive system and activating lymphatic systems.
4. Deep Tissue Therapy – In deep tissue therapy, a dough ring made from black gram/wheat flour which is leak-proof is placed on the cervical region of the neck. In this dough-ring, warm medicated oil is slowly poured. Deep tissue therapy is a very effective treatment specific for cervical pain & stiff neck.
5.Poultice Therapy – In poultice therapy, herbal powders, herbs, rice & sand are bound in a muslin cloth to create small satchels. These powders, herbs, rice or sand sacks are then heated. After that, these satchels are lightly pounded over the body or specific parts of the body as per requirement. This therapy promotes dry heat for aggravated bio elements conditions. The heat generated in poultice helps to pacify the aggravated bio elements thus relieving the associated pain immediately.