This pain caused due to cervical spondylolysis or osteoarthritis. This condition involves changes in the disc, bones or joints that are connected to the neck. Major reason for cervical pain is due to wear and tear of the cartilages and bones.
there are many reason for cervical pain includes:
- Overuse of the neck – everyday work involves tedious movements in some people that put pressure on the spine, resulting wear and tear.
- Injury – neck or spine region injury is an instant aggregator for cervical pain.
- Herniated discs – cervical pain occurs when spinal discs develop cracks in them. These cracks give passage to leakage of the internal cushioning material which can result in pressurize the spinal nerves and cords. Cervical pain symptoms occur due to numbness and pain in the arms.
- Dehydrated spinal discs – the discs between spines can dry out and thus the rubbing of them can cause chronic cervical pain.
- Bone spurs – this type of cervical pain is caused due to an overgrowth of a bone that can press against other the spinal nerves and spinal cord and get painful.
- Numbness or weakness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs and feet.
- Difficulty in walking and other casual activities due to the lack of coordination
- Abnormal reflexes of hands and legs
- Muscles spasms
- Stiffness in the neck
- Headaches at the back of the head
Remedy for cervical pain
- Take some rest – Most people probably live a busy and hectic life. But people suffering with cervical disc disease have increased neck pain. It is important to temporarily ease back on intense activities. While you are resting, find a comfortable position that causes the least amount of neck pain. Place a rolled up towel or pillow under your neck to help keep your neck in a neutral position.
- Apply Cold and Heat compression – Use ice for the first 24 to 48 hours after an injury to reduce swelling, followed by heat to loosen muscles and improve stiffness. But with cervical disc disease, neither heat nor cold is going to penetrate deeply enough to actually relieve the inflammation, so use whichever feels best. Wrap the ice or heat source in a towel never put it directly against skin.
- Stretch – Stretching exercises relieve neck pain and improve flexibility. It is best to perform these exercises after warming up muscles with a warm shower, bath, or towel.
- Soak yourself in warm water – Nothing is better than warm water to get rid of the stiff neck. This warm water bath helps to relax and soothe the tightened muscles, while the salt helps to reduce inflammation and improve the blood flow.
- Massage with essential oil – massage your neck with essential oils for immediate relief. Take a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil and mix it with coconut oil. Massage your neck properly with this concoction for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is an excellent home remedy to treat a stiff neck. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents present in apple cider vinegar is known to give relief from stress and muscle pain.
- Garlic – Garlic gives good to treat cervical spondylosis symptoms. It possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties help to treat pain, swelling and inflammation in the neck and surrounding areas.
- Turmeric – It has anti-inflammatory properties give relief in inflammation. Turmeric increases blood circulation, which helps to reduce muscle stiffness and pain.
- Sesame Seeds – One popular Ayurvedic remedy to deal with cervical spondylosis is sesame seeds. They are rich in calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorus and vitamins K and D, which are good for bones and overall health. Sesame oil is also effective in reducing neck pain.
- Ginger – Ginger is another widely used home remedy to treat cervical spondylosis. This herb is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and improves blood circulation.
- Neem/ Indian Lilac – Neem has anti-inflammatory as well as pain-suppressing properties that can alleviate pain, inflammation and swelling in the neck due to cervical spondylosis.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.