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Mudra yog to ease cervical pain

Updated on April 11, 2018
Vayu mudra
Vayu mudra
varun mudra
varun mudra
apaan mudra
apaan mudra
Prithvi mudra
Prithvi mudra
Vaata nashak mudra
Vaata nashak mudra
Apaan vayu mudra
Apaan vayu mudra

Early symptoms of cervical pain manifests itself with a catch in the neck or neck pain. Some others complain of a stiff arm, neck or shoulder. With age, the bone and cartilage that make up the backbone and neck gradually begins to waste. As cartilage supporting the cervical region and bone wastes due to wear and tear, it forms irregular bony outgrowths called bone spurs leaving behind pieces of cartilage called loose bodies. Earlier by age 30, people show signs of vertebral and disk degeneration as is observed in the X-ray plates. However, symptoms of the pain don't appear until later in life. With our current stressed lifestyle, where long hours are spent on the computer, the symptoms of neck pain and spondylitis appear earlier in life.

The use of computers to finish time targeted projects and assignments begin at an early age, setting in undue stress. Thus the physical ageing of the body resumes earlier. Changes that are visibly noticed in X-ray pictures includes drying and loss of elasticity in the spinal disks, bulging and sometimes herniation of disks so that disk material protrudes from between two vertebrae or stiffening of the ligaments connecting neck bones and muscles.

When the pain in the neck is mild and feels like neck stiffness, then taking a long, hot shower every day, taking over-the-counter pain relievers or wearing a cervical collar gives temporary relief. However, it is important to arrest further deterioration of the condition, for if neglected, the new symptoms could include bowel or bladder problems or weakness in the arms and legs.

The philosophy of Yoga and Ayurveda believe that one of the causes of disease is a disturbed mind and imbalance of the vital elements of the body. The body is believed to be composed of five elements- earth, air, water, fire and ether. Imbalance of any of these five elements can cause disease. In the case of bone related disease, imbalance of the air element is thought to be the root cause of the malaise.

Mudras are finger postures that assist in balancing the elements of the body. To balance the air element – the following mudras are reccommended-

Apaan Mudra

Apaan Vayu Mudra

Prithvi mudra

Vaayu Shaamak mudra

Vaata nashak mudra

Jal vardhak mudra/Varun mudra

To use these mudras to relieve your cervical spondylosis, sit in a quiet place, back straight , arms stretched out and with the back of your palms supported on your the knees. You can sit in a meditative yoga posture (vajrasana or padmasana or sukhasana) or you can sit on a chair. Close your eyes gently and get your fingers in position according to the figures representing each mudra. Maintain each mudra for at least 15 minutes. If you combine the fifteen minute mudra with Om chanting or a silent prayer of your choice, the results are quicker and better.

If you are tired of medication, collars, routine exercises and have only surgery as an option, then try mudra therapy to ease the cervical pain before opting to go under the knife.



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    • Mayaanjali profile imageAUTHOR

      Mayaanjali 

      3 years ago

      A mudra is most effective when maintained for a duration of 30 mins.

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      payal 

      3 years ago

      I have cervical problem... tell me duration of the mudra.... how long I do this? And aftr relief can I continue dis mudra for permanent relief?

    • Mayaanjali profile imageAUTHOR

      Mayaanjali 

      6 years ago

      I hope this means that it is good information!

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      sarita 

      6 years ago

      This is a good infirmatry tooo

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      Mayaanjali 

      6 years ago

      I think first you should consult an allopathic doctor and confirm that the pain is purely related to the spine. Every yoga instructor requires the medical certificate from an Allopathic doctor certifying that the patient is fit to yogasana

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      vshankara.bv@gmail.com 

      6 years ago

      i am having back pain from past 5 yrs ,it is in my spinalcard area kindly get me the sugeshion

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      Seema Vartak 

      7 years ago

      I am suffering from cervical spondolysis. It is at very early state. I will try these yogasanas and mudras. Thanx a lot for such very very important and pain relief information.

    • Mayaanjali profile imageAUTHOR

      Mayaanjali 

      7 years ago

      Every mudra is to be maintained for a period of 45 mins and if practsed regularly - yes u could alleviate ur problem of cervical spondylosis.

      However, regular yoga asanas like bhujangasana, tadasana, parvataasana along with mudras performed in swastik asana will do wonders.

      In addition couple it with kavala gandusha(oil pulling therapy). Dedicate ur self to this routine for 2.5 months, and then post a comment on your condition.

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      VIJAY KUMAR 

      7 years ago

      CAN CERIVICAL SPONDOLYSIS CAN HEALED BY MUDRA YOGA ADVISE ME I AM SEVEARLY SUFFERING FROM CERIVICAL SPONDOLYSIS

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