Cervical spondylosis is a chronic degeneration of the bones (vertebrae) of the neck (cervical spine) and the cushions between the vertebrae (discs). Also known as cervical osteoarthritis, the condition usually appears in men and women older than 40 and progresses with age. Although cervical spondylosis affects both sexes equally, men usually develop it at an earlier age than women do. The degeneration in cervical spondylosis most likely is a result of wear and tear on the neck bones as you age. The changes that accompany the degeneration, such as developing abnormal growths (bone spurs) on the spine, can lead to pressure on the spinal nerves and, sometimes, the spinal cord itself.
Without treatment, the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis may decrease or stabilize, or they may worsen. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and prevent permanent injury to the spinal cord and nerves.
Treatment of mild cases
Mild cases of cervical spondylosis may respond to:
- Commencing simple Ayurveda herbal decoctions and oil treatments at home itself.
Regular use of medicated Ayurveda oils will considerably contribute to slowing down the degenerative process of the cervical spine.
- Doing prescribed exercises to strengthen neck muscles and stretch the neck and shoulders. Low-impact aerobic exercise, such as walking or water aerobics, also may help.
Treatment of more serious cases
For more severe cases, treatment may include:
- Hospitalization with bed rest and Ayurveda medicines and external body treatments for around 3-5 weeks to completely immobilize the cervical spine and reduce the pressure on spinal nerves. This treatment has been found to be effective in many patients of cervical spondylosis.
Lower back pain
If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in many countries.
Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature — the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis .Chronic back pain is measured by duration — pain that persists for more than 3 months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine.
Who is most likely to develop low back pain?
Nearly everyone has low back pain sometime. Men and women are equally affected. It occurs most often between ages 30 and 50, due as part of the aging process, but also as a result of sedentary life styles with too little (sometimes punctuated by too much) movement or exercise. The risk of experiencing low back pain from disc disease or spinal degeneration increases with age.
How is back pain treated in Ayurveda?
Most low back pains can be treated without surgery. Most patients with back pain recover without residual functional loss. Patients should contact a physician if there is no noticeable reduction in pain and inflammation after 72 hours of self-care.
Oil treatments and internal herbs appropriate to the condition are very effective in most conditions of lower back pain. In the more chronic conditions, the patient will need to be admitted for periods ranging from 3-7 weeks and some very intensive treatments performed. Since these treatments involve passive physiotherapy, the patient is normally advised to take complete bed rest for the duration of the treatment and for some period after, till the pain is completely relieved, after which mild exercise, preferably yoga postures are begun slowly.
Do you weigh more than you should? If so, you're like the two-thirds of American adults who are overweight. About one in five Indian adults is considered to be obese. Obesity, in simple terms, is having a high proportion of body fat. Fat is important for storing energy and insulating your body, among other functions. The human body can handle carrying some extra fat, but beyond a certain point, body fat can begin to interfere with your health. For this reason, obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. Obesity puts you at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and many other serious health problems.
The good news is that even modest weight loss can improve or prevent complications associated with obesity. Weight loss is usually possible through dietary changes, increased physical activity and behavior modification. For people who don't respond to these lifestyle changes, other more involved obesity treatments are available to enhance weight loss.
The goal of obesity treatment is to achieve and maintain a healthier weight. The amount of weight you need to lose to improve your health may be much less than what you feel you need to lose.
Ayurveda treatment plan
An Ayurveda detoxification program of 3-7 weeks prior to commencement of the diet and lifestyle plan would significantly contribute to correcting your metabolic processes, reducing your weight and helping to induct you onto a diet/lifestyle plan which you could incorporate into your routine back home. The Ayurveda detox program includes a combination of herbal medicines, external body treatments, diet and lifestyle adjustments. Many patients have benefited considerably from going through such a program.
Stress is a fact of nature — forces from the outside world affecting the individual. The individual responds to stress in ways that affect the individual as well as their environment.
In general, stress is related to both external and internal factors. External factors include the physical environment, including your job, your relationships, your home, and all the situations, challenges, difficulties, and expectations you're confronted with on a daily basis. Internal factors determine your body's ability to respond to, and deal with, the external stress-inducing factors. Internal factors which influence your ability to handle stress include your nutritional status, overall health and fitness levels, emotional well-being, and the amount of sleep and rest you get.
- The treatment of your stress will vary greatly depending on the types of symptoms you are experiencing and how severe they are.
- Treatment can range from simple reassurance to 3-7 weeks of inpatient care and evaluation at Kensville. Some basic treatment recommendations are as follows:
- Careful evaluation and finding out the underlying cause
- Using a mix of herbs, oils, diet, exercise and lifestyle to bring the situation under control
- Practice of yoga, meditation and deep breathing
- Counseling where necessary
- Other Ayurveda treatments for any physical problems discovered
Joint pain can be caused by many types of injuries or conditions. No matter what causes it, joint pain can be very bothersome.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes stiffness and pain in the joints. Osteoarthritis involves growth of bone spurs and degeneration of cartilage at a joint. It is very common in adults older than 45 and can cause joint pain. Joint pain may also be caused by bursitis (inflammation of the bursae). The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that cushion and pad bony prominences, allowing muscles and tendons to move freely over the bone.
Treatment Options in Ayurveda
Generally most types of joint pain respond well to Ayurveda treatment. This is especially true of the chronic joint pain conditions like osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The primary objectives of treatment in such conditions is to arrest or slow down the degenerative process as much as possible and to help the patient lead a relatively pain free normal life. This is achieved through a combination of in patient Ayurveda treatment using a combination of herbs and oils, for periods ranging from 3-5 weeks or even more followed by observation of certain dietary and lifestyle regimen back home, and repeated treatments based on need. Continuous follow up with your Ayurveda physician will help considerably.
Do remember that the more chronic joint pains are not easy to cure; and more often than not, they cannot be cured completely. However you can be completely free of the symptoms like pain, swelling, redness etc. and lead a normal and medication-free life provided you are able to adher to the advice given by your Ayurveda physician.
A migraine is a very painful type of headache. People who get migraines often describe the pain as pulsing or throbbing in one area of the head. During migraines, people are very sensitive to light and sound. They may also become nauseated and vomit. Migraine is three times more common in women than in men. Some people can tell when they are about to have a migraine because they see flashing lights or zigzag lines or they temporarily lose their vision. When to seek medical advice from your Ayurveda physician
Migraines are a chronic disorder, but they're often undiagnosed and untreated. If you experience signs and symptoms of migraine, track and record your attacks and how you treated them. Then make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your headaches and decide on a treatment plan.
The treatment plan typically includes:
- In patient admission for periods ranging from 21-35 days
- Internal herbal medicines based on your specific need
- External body treatments including zirodhArA, zirovasti, zirolepa, abhyaGga again determined by the physician based on your specific need
- Restricted diet
- Total physical and mental rest for the period of the treatment
- Follow up treatment for a period of 6-12 weeks (and sometimes more) based on the intensity of your condition