Cervical spondylosis is a kind of Arthritis that affects cervical vertebrae and is characterized by pain at the backof the neck(radiating towards the upper limb) and vertigo while bending downwards. There might be sensory loss and numbness in the upper limbs. In Ayurveda, it I known as Grivasandhigatvata. There are some degenerative changes in cervical vertebrae. This, when coupled with trauma or incorrect posture while sitting or sleeping leads to the manifestation of cervical spondylisis.
Aggrevated Vata Dosha( Ayurvedic humor representing air) causes the degeneration of tissues and the joints of the neck. Vata aggravation is caused by the intake of dry, cool, light, stale and gas forming foods; increased gaps between meals; having more of sour, bitter and astringent foods, late night work schedules, smoking and a lifestyle involving overindulgence in physical, mental and sexual activities.
1. Headache 2. Stiffness in the neck 3. Tingling and numbness in arms 4. Pains on back of neck and shoulders
1. Increase intake of oily food that are easily digested, sweet things, purified butter, vegetable soups, milk and almonds. 2. Avoid rice, refined flour, kidney beans and other foods that cause flatulence. 3. Avoid physical and mental exertion. 4. Get a good night's sleep 5. Have regular, gentle body massage with lukewarm sesame oil. 6. Dhanurasan and ujjai pranayama are highly recommended.