Ayurveda, recognized as alternative medicine now, represents the science of life recommends us to choose the food we eat and the type, intensity and duration of exercises we do based on our predominant dosha and individual needs for balance.
Helpful Exercises to fight Cervical Spondylosis :
a) Yogic Exercises - Exercise programmes to strengthen the neck is a good idea. Neck rotations of left/right, side-bending, up/down & half-rotation is beneficial for cervical spondylosis, neck stiffness & pain. Pranayama (breathing exercises) relieves the stress in the neck. Padma asana or Shirshasana which are aimed at keeping the spine erect are recommended.
b) Morning walk - It gives some relief to the patient, but if it is cold outside patient should always use a woolen scarf around neck while going out of house.
c) Range of motion exercises - Slowly turn head to the right until it hurts, hold, and return it to the centre. Do the same to the left. Drop chin down slowly towards chest, hold, and relax. Bring head back up. Tilt head straight over towards left ear, hold, and return it to the centre. Do the same on the right side. Tilt head backwards so you can see the ceiling, hold, then bring head back down.
d) Isometric exercises - Don’t hold breath as you do these. For each exercise, press for 5-6 counts, then relax. Press forehead into palms. Resist any motion. Press hand against the side of head. Try to bring ear to the shoulder, but resist any motion. Press both hands against the back of head. Try to pull head up, but resist any motion. Press hand against your temple. Try to turn chin to shoulder, but resist any motion.
Helpful Diet to fight Cervical Spondylosis :
Sour things particularly curd, are strictly prohibited. Fried things, pulses and various preparations of pulses are also contra indicated in this condition. Bitter vegetables like bitter variety of drumstick, neem flowers and bitter gourd are very useful. Wheat is better than rice but avoid taking refined wheat such as maida and suji as they lead to constipation and do not help the patient in the recovery.