Yoga & Medical Science FAQ by Dr Krishna Raman & Dr S Suresh

Yoga & Medical Science FAQ by Dr Krishna Raman & Dr S Suresh

Author:Dr Krishna Raman & Dr S Suresh [Raman, Dr Krishna]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9789382540038
Publisher: Helios Books Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Published: 2008-11-09T22:00:00+00:00

Fig.1 Cervical Spondylitis- the arrows indicate the area of degeneration


This depends on the height, age of the patient and the extent of change in curvature. Mild degrees of curvature change can be even reversed while severe changes cannot. However, we can abolish pain in all cases. For a reversed curve, back bends are invaluable. In figure 1, the X-ray shows a very advanced degree of Cervical Spondylosis.

In this situation, the bony curvature is irreversible but the pain can be totally abolished and future neurological deterioration prevented. Stretching the neck on the ropes along with the double rope back bend are very beneficial (refer to A Matter of Health, section on Cervical Spondylosis).


Is Cervical Spondylolisthesis (a condition where the spinal vertebrae slip forward) a contraindication to the practice of Handstand or other inversions?


There is no restriction if we observe the right method. Shoulderstand on the chair and half Halasana are more important. The cervical spine is not a weight bearing area and hence to secure relief is easier. Headstand is very beneficial to strengthen the neck.


Will Ayurvedic massage help a “frozen shoulder” (Peri-arthritis), where the shoulder movements are grossly restricted?


This approach does not benefit all cases. Qualified masseurs in that field are far and few today. Some patients have had muscle damage from incorrect massage techniques. I have used this approach very rarely for very severe cases of Peri-arthritis to relieve the tissue stiffness, as they can practice Yoga easier. The massage can loosen the tight tissues. However, unless we practice Yoga, relief will not be forthcoming. In my clinical experience, Yoga is very beneficial for all cases of Peri-arthritis. The recovery period depends upon the severity of the condition.


Can Yoga help persons who suffer from musculo-skeletal pain in the chest area-the Teitze’s syndrome?


The relevant postures include holding the window bar behind to stretch the chest, the double rope back bend, Supta Virasana on pillows, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana on cross pillows (refer to A Matter of Health) and supported back bends all of which are curative. We must take care not to overstretch the muscles while practicing the Asanas.


What is a Ganglion and can Yoga treat this condition?


A Ganglion is a cystic space filled with fluid. It usually occurs in the wrist. A Ganglion is a sequel of an old injury and a history of trauma can be elicited. In most, the history is non-contributive. Unless symptomatic, surgery is not necessary. However, recurrence after surgery is common.

Yoga can effectively handle the problem by specific Asanas that vary depending on the area of the Ganglion. If the wrist is affected, practice of reverse namaste, Handstand, and Urdhva Mukha Svanasana are curative. Medical monitoring is essential (as some may occasionally need surgery).


Many physical therapists recommend intense abdominal muscle strengthening exercises to relieve chronic back pain-is this advisable?


Strong abdominal muscles are necessary for a healthy back. For some, the iliopsoas (a muscle that flexes the hip) and Rectus Abdominis (one of the major abdominal muscles) may be weak and this definitely needs strengthening but after the back pain is abolished.


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