Neck Pain in Ayurveda
Ayurveda for Neck Pain
What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain also known as cervical pain, is the general feeling of pain and discomfort in the vertebrae region. Pain can center in the neck, or can radiate out to other areas such as the arms. Pain can be minor or severe, and can last a short period and self-correct, or can be chronic (long-term). Neck issues can happen suddenly through an injury such as whiplash, or can develop slowly over time.
Causes of Neck Pain
Neck pain can be because of a few reasons, minor injury to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the neck are a common cause of pain and typically heal on their own, other causes are:
- Neck strain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neck injury – whiplash, herniated disc or a pinched nerve
- Neck pain due to throat virus infection causing swelling of the lymph node and neck pain
- Infection of the spine bones in the neck
Symptoms of Neck Pain
There are several symptoms of neck pain and some of the most common ones are:
- Dull pain in neck
- Sharp shooting pain
- Swishing sounds in the head
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Lymph Node Swelling
- Facial pain,
- Shoulder pain
- Arm numbness or Tingling
The Ayurvedic Explanation
Ayurveda Treatments for Neck Pain
The first step in treating pain is to understand the underlying cause. Treatments are recommended according to the symptoms and as per the requirements. The common Ayurveda treatment for neck pain are:
Panchakarma is one of the most famous treatment methods in Ayurveda. The process comprises of five steps for the detoxification and rejuvenation of mind and body. This treatment contains herbal massages and cleansing enemas.
A massage performed on the body using warm medicated oil. This is one of the key components of back pain treatment in Ayurveda. Abhyanga can provide relief from neck pain by helping in balancing the doshas.
Snehana is the process of applying pressure to specific areas of the body through massage, which helps in relieving pain.
Swedana is the process of inducing sweat using different methods. It helps in relieving stiffness, coldness and heaviness in body, which makes it appropriate in the treatment of neck pain.
It is an ayurvedic enema therapy, in which meditated oils or herbal decorations are used.
Nasya Karma is a method that involves instillation of liquids infused with the properties of particular herbs into the nasal cavity. It is effective in managing the vata and kapha disorder.
A few changes in your diet can help control the neck pain and provide relief. Here are a few diet changes to manage neck pain:
- Take lots of fruits, green vegetable salads and sprouts.
- Milk is an important source of Calcium and can help maintain healthy bones.
- Vitamin C in citrus fruits will help the healing process.
- Good hydration will help retain neck health.
- Avoid refined foods and junk foods.
Ayurvedic treatment for neck pain involves the pacification of the aggravated vata and restoring its normal functions. At Krishnendu Ayurveda, we have a very systematic approach in treating neck pain; we plan a customized treatment for each individual which is specific to their symptoms.