Stiff Neck: Causes And Remedies For Cervical Stiffness

Cervical stiffness/pain (Manyagata Vata) is one of the most common diseases caused by lifestyle habits like continuous sitting or working at a computer sitting in inappropriate postures. It can be associated with dizziness and numbness.

An Ayurvedic pathological factor called “Vata”, when imbalanced, maybe the cause behind this pain and stiffness.

Our bones and protective cartilage (cushions) in the neck are prone to wear and tear.

Possible causes of the condition include:

Dehydration of the intervertebral disks

Our spinal bones have thick, pad-like discs between the vertebrae that absorb the shock of lifting, twisting etc. The gel-like material inside these disks can dry out over time. This causes the vertebrae to rub with each causing friction and therefore pain and discomfort.

According to Ayurveda, Vata increases with age, so the older you get, the more prone to these kind of problems you are.

Herniated disks

The spinal disks can develop cracks, which could lead to leakage of the cushioning material. This material can press on the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in symptoms such as arm numbness. The aforementioned dislocation is ruled by “Vata”.

Injury

Vata increases whenever the body gets injured, hence the pain.

Ligament stiffness

The tough cords that connect your spinal bones to each other can become even stiffer over time, which affects your neck movement and makes the neck feel tight.

Overuse

According to Ayurveda, Vata increases when someone performs an activity beyond his natural capacity. Some occupations or hobbies involve repetitive movements or heavy lifting, such as construction work. This can put extra pressure on the spine, resulting in early wear and tear.

How can you deal with it?

Some preventive measures:

  • Correct your posture while sitting and standing.
    Yogic exercises like “Sookshma vyayama” are helpful.
  • A regular, light massage of the cervical area decreases Vata and help alleviate the pain.
  • A massage with Joint Soothe Oil may help decrease the pain and bring relief.
  • Some dietary supplements like Flexcel, Balarishtam, Osteo Relief etc. also can help decrease Vata, the major causative factor in cervical pain and stiffness.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this document may be viewed as the diagnosis or treatment of any medical disease whatsoever. The contents of this document are the opinions of the author based on his/her learning and experience. This document is meant only for educational purposes. The Ayurveda Experience is not liable or responsible for the suggestions made herein.Please consult your primary care physician before implementing any change in your diet or lifestyle.

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