Cervical Spondylosis or Cervical Osteoarthritis is a physical condition caused by the wear and tear of bones and cartilage in the neck (cervical vertebra) region. This degeneration of the bones and cartilage causes chronic neck pain and can disrupt simple day to day activities. Today’s office work culture of excessive sitting hours in a particular posture is taking a toll on our health paradigms –mental, physical, emotional and social. These long hours and over tired work leads to develop neck, shoulder and cervical problems. Cervical spondylosis is caused due to abrasion and attrition of spine desk.Since this wear and tear happens with age, Cervical Spondylosis is seen almost only 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 Cervical Spondylosis.
Causes of Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical Spondylosis is often associated with age. While only less than 25% of people below 40 years of age experience Cervical Spondylosis, about 60% or more above the age of 40 are affected by it.
Neck injury “
A neck injury which may have occurred years back can predispose to Spondylosis. Other precipitating factors such as incorrect body posture, trauma, and excessive intake of sour food (according to ayurveda), can trigger spondylitis attacks.
Although the role of genetics is yet to be confirmed, people with above 50 years of age who experience the condition, are more likely to have a sibling with normal or mild conditions of Cervical Spondylosis.
Cervical Spondylosis is often found among people who carry heavy loads on their head or shoulders, than those who do not.
Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis
Common symptoms include pain in the neck which later radiates to arms or shoulder, weakness on the legs and arms, stiffness in the neck region, numbness of arms, legs or shoulders, loss of balance, headaches (on the back of the head), muscle spasms, loss of control over bladder or bowel movements, and general tiredness and anxiety.
Yoga Remedies for Cervical Spondylosis
This pose expands the chest and strengthens the spine. It also helps soothe sciatica or lower back pain.
This pose stretches the neck and shoulder, and also energizes the spine.
The Fish pose strengthens the back of the neck. It also stretches and stimulates the throat and neck.
The Bow pose stretches and stimulates the neck.
The Cat pose stretches the neck and alleviates back ache.
The Fish pose strengthens back of the neck. It also stretches and stimulates the throat and neck.
The Bridge pose improves flow of blood to the head, thus relieving it of headache. It also stretches the neck and spine.