The inflammation of the vertebral joints is called spondylitis, which is one of the causes of backache, neck ache. The onset of pain is usually gradual, and is differentiated by severe pain and contraction in the back of cervical region of neck, shoulders and lower spinal region, which further spread downwards.
Movement of neck, shoulders and back becomes very difficult and painful. Neck pain affecting the cervical spin is called as cervical spondylitis. This pain could be spread over to both sides of shoulder, the back side of the neck, the collar bones and the shoulder joints. In the later stages movement of neck becomes restricted and arms become almost motionless because of muscular weakness. Pain in lumber region is called as lumber spondylitis. (Back pain, slip disc an sponylitis are related to spin so kindly refer Slipped disc and Back pain)
As symptoms progress, normal lumber curve flattens and thoracic curvature gets exaggerated. Back motion and Chest expansion become limited.
Deterioration of the vertebral column both in neck region and downward area of the spine narrows the intervertebral disc space, so that the area appears worn away and unusual elongated bony projections appear. These are called osteophytes. The space through which blood vessels run becomes narrowed, which causes extra pressure on the vessels, reducing the blood supply to the cranial region including brain, and leading to pain.
In this disease, sacro iliac joints, vertebral column, shoulder and hip joints are affected. In this condition, the spine becomes quite rigid. This is due to abnormal osseous union of bones (synostosis) and intervertibral ligaments. A similar change at the hips and shoulders may produce fixation – partial or complete – of these joints also. Kyphosis of the upper part of the spine is marked. The pain is felt in the abdomen or around the chest. The X-ray appearances and increased E.S.R. rate at a very early, stage, helps in diagnosing the case.
Causes for Spondylitis
- Regular use of high pillow under the head while sleeping.
- Wrong posture.
- It is also associated with mental tension.
Yogic Treatment for Spondylitis
Beside the above mentioned asana and pranayama practice of yoga nidra, concentration and meditation gives the best result.
Asanas- Asana removes rigidity and brings flexibility to joints and help correct bad posture
Pranayama -Breathing patterns can affect the spine in various ways, such as movement of the ribs and changes in pressure within the chest and abdomen. Exhaling can help relax muscles.
Relaxation and Meditation- Relaxation provides a physiologic antidote to stress. Imaging techniques may also be used. For example, imagining a movement before it is actually performed makes it easier to move the muscles that are being used.
YogaNidra is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. YogaNidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. It has great Therapeutics values.
- It is recommended to stop taking bananas, and curd. Smokers should stop smoking. Stop taking tea or water upon rising in the morning. Reduce the number of cups of coffee tea or stop it completely. You simply don’t need any external stimulants.
- Include fruits (except banana), green vegetables (salad), and pulses (except arhar and kesari) in meals. Consume plenty of protein.
- The non-vegetarians can eat fish and liver with least amount of spices.
- Avoid eating fatty, spicy and fried stuffs.
- Drink a lot of water.
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