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
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyalgia
  • Rheumatica

Symptoms of Neck Pain

There are several symptoms of neck pain and some of the most common ones are:

  • Dull pain in neck
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp shooting pain
  • Pulsations
  • Swishing sounds in the head
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Lymph Node Swelling
  • Arthritis
  • Wryneck
  • Headache
  • Facial pain,
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm numbness or Tingling

The Ayurvedic Explanation

According to ayurveda vitiated vata predominately causes problems related to neck pain. Vata aggravation can lead to pain, altered sensation and stiffness on neck. The neck pain is commonly associated with dull aching and sometimes the pain is worsened with movement of the neck or turning of the head. Patients may also experience dizziness, numbness, tingling in their arms along with neck pain.

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
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.

Abhyanga
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
Snehana is the process of applying pressure to specific areas of the body through massage, which helps in relieving pain.

Swedana
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.

Basti Karma
It is an ayurvedic enema therapy, in which meditated oils or herbal decorations are used.

Nasya Karma
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.

Diet Practices:

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.

Disclaimer

All the Ayurveda treatments will be customized by Physician only after detailed consultation. Treatments may be changed based on the individual strength.