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The backbone is made up of multiple small bones which are connected together by a softer bone. The spine is what allows important body movements including bending and walking. The issue is, with age, the backbone also loses its elasticity and becomes rigid. Though this is a natural process with ageing, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle makes it worse.
Lumbar spondylosis is the medical term for this chronic, degenerative condition of the lumbar and the sacral spines (the lower portion of the backbone). This leads to chronic stiffening of the spine, affecting movement. This joint is very crucial in all bending movements and spinal movements.
Causes of Lumbar Spondylosis:
- Ageing: As the condition progresses, the nerves that run through the spines can get exposed and there could be pain and irritation
- Genetic abnormalities that produce a weak bone
- Spinal trauma like accident or falls
- Sedentary lifestyle: Sitting in front of the computer for prolonged hours also causes lumbar spondylosis
- Overuse: People who are weightlifters tend to put excessive pressure on the spine, causing lumbar spondylosis
- Stiffness and pain in the low back
- Pain with continued sitting
- Numbness and tingling if nerves are getting affected
- Loss of balance, leading to frequent falls
- Losing control over bowel and bladder movement
- Pain radiating to the lower legs
Ayurvedic remedies: This includes a combination of external applications, yoga, and food preparations including kashayas and tailas.
- This condition is caused by increased Vata and Kapha. Maharasnadi kashayam, Astavarga kashayam, and Dashamoola kashayam reduce these elements.
- Pain and inflammation is relieved by the use of various Guggulu including Mahayogaraja Guggulu, Simhanada Guggulu, Trayodashang Guggulu, and Dhanvantara Vati –
- The affected joints can be hydrated with the use of gandha taila and dhanwantharam.
- Kukkutandatvak bhasma is known to strengthen the bone.
- Ashwagandha is known to lubricate the vertebral disks and joints
- External treatments like Abhyanga are useful in improving joint movement. They improve circulation and help in removal of toxins so that pure blood can flow and reduce inflammation.
- Vasti: This helps in improving nutrition to the joints and bones, thereby helping them repair themselves and heal.
Yogas for lumbar spondylosis: The five most effective asanas are:
- Ardhakati chakrasana
- Pada hastasana
- Ardha chakrasana
- Vakrasana (sitting in a chair)
- Sit in a comfortable position with adequate back support
- Take short breaks to avoid continued sitting
- Sleep comfortably, by resting the back adequately
- Strengthen the back muscles by regular exercises.
- Eat healthy, avoid junk, and drink plenty of water.
Cervical spondylosis a special type of arthritis. The region of its occurrence is in the cervical vertebrae and the problem is more prevalent in men who belong to the middle age groups. In the language of Ayurveda, this problem is known as Greeva graham. The condition falls under the category of Vata condition.
What are the causes of cervical spondylosis?
The several factors that cause cervical spondylosis are as follows:
- When the Vata Dosha increases in magnitude, the tissues start degenerating even in the neck joints.
- Intake of food that leads to the formation of gas in the body is also one of the reasons of cervical spondylosis.
- When people take too many gaps during two consecutive meals, then it leads to the formation of gas as well which causes cervical spondylosis.
- Those who have night shifts frequently have a tendency to develop cervical spondylosis.
- Overindulgence in activities of mental, physical and sexual nature can also cause cervical spondylosis.
What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?
The main symptoms of cervical spondylosis are listed below.
- A persistent headache is one of the most common symptoms.
- People often complain of feeling a stiffness in the neck region in case of cervical spondylosis.
- A numbness or tingling feeling in arms is also one of the symptoms of this condition.
- The posterior region of your back and shoulders will also pain in case you develop cervical spondylosis.
- People also find it difficult to walk at times and face a lack of coordination as well.
What are the Ayurvedic treatment measures for cervical spondylosis?
The main treatment measures in Ayurveda for cervical spondylosis are:
- Mridu Shodhana – This procedure is also known as mild purgation. In this procedure, a mixture is made with milk or the fruit pulp of Cassia fistula and castor oil.
- Greeva Basti – A black gram paste is applied to the back of the neck and this will aid in retaining the medicaments in that region. Several medicated oils like Ksheerbala oil are heated and then the compound helps in retaining this oil within it for a time. The reason for this is that when the heated oil is applied to that area, it helps in giving relief from disc herniation. The disc cartilage nourishment is improved and thus, the degeneration process of the tissues is reversed.
- Secondary Ayurvedic procedures are also effective against cervical spondylosis. Some of these procedures are Patrapinda Sweda, Shirodhara, Abhyanga, and Pizhichil.
- Pacifying Herbs – Some of the Ayurvedic herbs act as a pacifier in cervical spondylosis. These are Bala or Sida cordifolia, castor root or Ricinus communis, Amalaki or Emblica officinalis, Shunthi or ginger and Gambhari or Gmelina arborea.
- Medicines – Some of the effective Ayurvedic medicines include Rasnairandadi kashaya, Yogaraja Guggulu and Sahacharadi Kashaya.
Above ayurvedic treatments not only give you relief from cervical spondylosis but also stop further degeneration of the affected tissues.
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