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Spondylitis: Some tips

The asana recommended for treatment of cervical spondylitis is the bharadvajasana on the stool.

health and fitness Updated: Aug 02, 2003 18:34 IST

Elasticity of the backward movements of the hands is very important in spondylitis.This releases compression of the cervical nerves. The hands are made to hold bars with the palms facing downwards This opens out the sternum and dorsal spine. If the dorsal spine is well elasticised, the symptoms are controlled.

Twisting asanas are very useful to loosen the dorsal and cervical spine. In many, the rotators of the spine are very stiff and the neck is hardly able to perform normal everyday functions.

These asanas help relieve stiffness and pain, and make the rotators of the neck soft and supple. In summary, the entire cervical column is made mechanically sound, so that movements are free and the symptoms are relieved.

The specific asanas recommended for the treatment of cervical spondylitis are bharadvajasana on the stool, the double rope back bend, cervical extension with the rope, shoulder stand with the chair stretching the trapezius muscle towards the chair, holding the window grills behind the body, trapezius traction and strapping the hands behind the back.

The last relieves pain in the trapezius, cervical and mid-dorsal muscles, regardless of whether the pain is a referred pain or a localised one. Later, as recovery occurs, all asanas can be done. Back bends are very useful along with hand and elbow stand in younger patients.


First Published: Aug 02, 2003 18:34 IST