Submitted by A on November 9, 2010 at 06:25
Spondylitis is an inflammation of the vertebral joints. It is one of the causes of backache and neck pain. The pain caused due to Spondylitis starts to increase gradually. Other symptoms of Spondylitis include extreme pain and contraction in the back or the cervical region of the neck, shoulders, and the lower spine. The pain usually flows further downwards. It also becomes difficult to move the neck, shoulders, and the back.
Types Of Spondylitis
Cervical Spondylitis: Neck pain that affects the cervical spin is called Cervical Spondylitis. This pain can spread to the rear of the neck, both sides of the shoulder, collar bone, and shoulder joints. It restricts neck movement, and the arms become motionless due to weakness in muscles.
Lumbar Spondylitis: Pain in the lumbar region causes Lumbar Spondylitis.
Spondylitis Deformans: Also known as Ankylosing Spondylitis, this disease affects the sacroiliac joints, vertebral column, shoulders, and hip joints. The spine usually becomes very rigid. The knees, heels, hips, shoulders, neck, and jaw also become stiff.
The treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis includes many options such as physiotherapy, medication, and exercise. The medicines used include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Tolectin, Naprosyn and Indocin; immunosuppressant drugs such as Sulfasalazine and Methotrexate; TNF blockers and disease modifying drugs.
Though the drugs are effective in curing the pain, they are not without side effects. Therefore, many people prefer other alternatives such as therapeutic massage, acupuncture, physiotherapy, and yoga.
Yoga: Yoga has been around for thousands of years. Today, a large number of people take up yoga due to its positive effects on the mind as well as the body. Yoga does not have any side effects. Yoga poses are simple and these exercises improve your life as well as your physical and mental health. Yoga is beneficial for people of all ages. Various Asanas, or Yoga postures, provide relief to different parts of the body.
Yoga Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Yoga is very effective in treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis. This mind-body exercise involves meditation, breathing Asanas and some physical postures.
There are many Yoga poses that help in relieving people from stiffness-related pains such as Dhanura Asana (Bow posture), Makara Asana (Fish pose), Bhujanga Asana (Snake Pose), Ardha Matsyendra Asana (Half Spinal Twist), Neti Kriya and Vajra Asana (Diamond pose). These poses remove rigidity and enhance flexibility of the joints. They also correct human body postures. For muscle relaxation, Pranayama (Breathing exercises) is very effective.
With the exercises and meditations taught in Yoga, people with Ankylosing Spondylitis will greatly improve their flexibility and breathing. Yoga will also replenish your body with the energy it needs.
Submitted by V A on March 2, 2009 at 05:16