- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Mudra yog to ease cervical pain
Early symptoms of cervical spondylosis manifest 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 and bone wastes due to wear and tear, it forms irregular bony outgrowths called bone spurs or leaves behind pieces of cartilage called loose bodies. These characteristic changes, eventually occur with age and as cervical spondylosis sets in. Earlier by age 30, people showed signs of vertebral and disk degeneration as was observed in the X-ray plate. 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 spondylosis 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 cervical pain 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 Vayu 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.