Lower Back Pain
Symptoms and Diagnosis:
In modern day lifestyle, poor posture, prolapsed inter-vertebral disc or strained muscles and ligament, inflammation of the pelvic joints, chronic constipation – any of these may cause either a sudden or a gradual onset of lower backache. This results in aggravated Vata. Sometimes lower backache may be associated with sciatica, a typical condition characterized by pain radiating from the lower back to the backside of either one or both legs.
Back Pain Treatment at Ayurvedagram:
Specific herbal medication, along with therapies like kativasti, kaadidhara, local patrapotala sweda helps to alleviate the agitated Vayu. Administration of medicated enemas for a period of 8, 15 or 30 days also gives much relief. Postural corrections are also advised along with mild yoga exercises for low back.
Prevention and Remedies:
The way you sit, stand and walk, work on the desk, lift and carry objects, choose footwear, travel, sleep, maintain your body weight and the positive energy you exude has a telling effect on the health of your back. If you wish to reduce the wear and tear of the muscles, bones and joints of your back, make it a habit to keep a good posture. It also adds considerably to your poise.
There are some things you can do to prevent low back pain that can also help in faster recovery for those already having back pain.
- Correct sitting postures while reading, watching television and eating.
- Use back-friendly sofas and easy chairs at home.
- Maintain workplace etiquette. Finding a good worktable and chair at workplace.
- Be careful of your posture while working on a computer.
- Wear low-heeled shoes to prevent strain on leg muscles.
- Lift heavy objects safely.
- Take care while carrying luggage.
- Avoid high risk moves.
- Sleep in a proper position.
- Manage body weight and shed extra fat.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Back Pain
The Ayurvedic treatment for back pain is holistic in nature and focused on various aspects of health. It recommends the use of diet, lifestyle changes, and the use of herbal remedies to treat back pain. The lifestyle changes advised to a person with back pain is focused on postures that help maintain the natural curvature of the spine. The herbal medicines and dietary changes focus on reducing the inflammation of the affected joint space and associated soft tissues as well as relaxing the supporting musculature. Back pain treatment in Ayurveda involves the following:
Bad posture while sitting, standing or lying down is one of the common causes of back pain. This leads to reduction in the intervertebral joint space causing an Imbalance of Vata which is corrected through the administration of herbal medications orally as well as ano-rectally. Vasthi (ingestion of prescribed oils or decoctions through the ano-rectal route) works on the affected area as the colon is considered to be the seat of Vata. The use of the enema helps to correct the Vata imbalance. This can strengthen bones and joints, thus helping reduce back pain.
Abhyanga refers to a massage done 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 back pain by helping in balancing the doshas. Kati Vasti (or retaining the prescribed oil on the spine within a ring of dough) is specifically used in Ayurvedic treatment for lower back pain.
Since Vata is cold and dry, it is recommended to be warm to manage back pain. The use of heat pads or even rest in a warm bed that is relatively flat and firm can help provide relief from back pain.
The food to be consumed must be warm. Refrigerated food and drinks must be avoided. Sour and salty foods can be consumed in the diet to pacify Vata.
Practicing Pranayama can be helpful in balancing Vata dosha. Anulom viloma or alternate nostril breathing can be helpful in balancing Vata.
Agnikarma is an Ayurvedic treatment that can be very helpful in providing relief from lower back pain. It can provide quick relief from back pain. Agnikarma is the use of thermal microcautery where an instrument known as Agnikarma Shalaka is used to heat specific areas to provide relief from pain.
Ayurveda recommends the use of herbs like Guggul, Nirgundi, Shallaki, and Ginger to treat back pain.
Suffering from back pain in spite of conventional treatments? The ayurvedic treatments at Ayurvedagram can help you experience relief with the support of natural formulations and expert practitioners. Reach out to us to know more.