Workouts for spondylitis
In head stand the forehead, and not the centre of the skull, is placed on the ground. This lengthens the cervical column and helps weight bearing. Hence the concept that persons with cervical ailments should avoid head stand is incorrect.
The correct method should be learnt, taking the ailment into account. As the condition improves, normal practice methods can be introduced. Thus elasticity of the cervical muscles is ensured. Shoulder stand is done with the help of the chair.
This releases tight trapezius muscles and frees all the structures along the cervical spine. If the normal method of shoulder stand is practised by the patient, injury can occur to the cervical spine. A rolled blanket may help the neck if stiffness is excessive.
In halasana, the cervical column is elongated and given strength and alignment. The dorsal spine is strengthened and made supple. In back bends like urdhva dhanurasana and viparita dandasana, maximum freedom is given to the anterior surfaces of the cervical column and the dorsal spine.
Nerve compression is released. For a patient with cervical spondylitis these poses are modified. A simple exercise is to suspend the neck on the rope, This helps even aged persons get relief.
This single position provides relief from the symptom of vertebro-basilar insufficiency as the spine is made to fall into the anatomical line and blood courses normally into the back of the brain. Belts are used to make the shoulder and cervical muscles supple in a passive manner. This relieves nerve root compression in certain areas.