Aggravated VataDosha when lodged in the cervical region leads to stiffness of the neck.  This is usually found in the case of mumps, cervical dislocation, acute otitis media , cerebral hemorrhage etc.  This leads to joints , veins and nerves getting fatigued or they tend to lose their tension.  Since the nape of the neck is commonly involved the is referred as Manyasthambha, it is also correlated with Torticollis or wry neck.

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Stiff neck causes:

  • Use of hard or a thick pillow
  • Keeping the arm beneath the head while sleeping
  • Keeping the arm beneath the pillow while sleeping
  • Activities involving prolonged raised arms such as flying a kite for a hour
  • Direct neck injury
  • Regular day sleep
  • Improper lying or sitting postures
  • Lifting heavy objects in shoulder or head
  • Heavy exercise to the neck and shoulder
  • Constant pressure over the cervical region
  • Constantly watching a far object for a long period of time

Origin of the disease:

Due to the above said factors the joints, veins and nerves get fatigued or lose their tension. Meanwhile if Vata causing food and habits are followed, the vitiated Vata gets blocked in the neck location and the stiffness is caused. As the back or nape of neck (Manya) is commonly involved, it is called as Manyasthambha. Often the disease Manyasthambha is also correlated with Torticollis (wry neck).

Clinical features of stiff neck:

  • Severe and persistent pain in the neck
  • Inability to rotate the neck
  • Difficulty to see the upper object
  • Inability to bend down the neck
  • Heaviness of the neck
  • Rarely radiating pain to the shoulder or back
  • Sleeplessness due to pain
  • Morning stiffness


  • Dhanyamladhara or pouring of fermented medicatedkshayam
  • Abhyangam
  • Elakizhi
  • PodiKizhi
  • Nasyam

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