Ayurveda is the Vedic system of health care that was developed in India over 5000 years ago. Back Pain Treatment in Ayurveda is completely natural, thus it has no side effects or complications. Back Pain ( Vertebral column strain ) is now common among all people irrespective of age.
Long hours in front of computers in wrong postures will lead to change in alignment of vertebral column which will ultimately lead to in vertebral disc compression at different levels. Hence patients with back pain may show different symptoms depending upon the level of disc compression.
Only the first and second cervical vertebrae are structurally different in order to support the skull.Each vertebra has an anterior arch and a posterior arch, which forms a hole, called a foramen. The spinal cord passes through foramen of each vertebra.
AYURVEDIC VIEW OF BACK PAIN
According to Ayurveda, sedentary life style involving sitting for long hours, lack of exercise and maintaining wrong postures can cause alignment changes in your body which causes various illness like disc bulge, sciatica, spondylitis etc. Ayurvedic term for back pain is Kati Shoola, Kati meaning hip or lower back and Shoola meaning pain.
It is primarily a Vata Dosha Imbalance disorder. This condition is also known as katigraha and pishtagraha. The general line of treatment for vata dosha is used for the treatment of kati shoola.
Symptoms of Back Pain
- Persistent ache anywhere along the spine extending from neck base to tail bone.
- Chronic ache in the middle or lower back especially after prolonged sitting or standing
- Unable to stand straight without having muscle spasm or pain in the lower back.
- Sharp localised pain in neck, middle and lower back especially when engaging in strenuous activity
The major causes of Back Pain :
- Mechanical Problems
- Infections and Tumours
- Acquired conditions and diseases
Major Conditions associates with Back Pain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Bone Degeneration and Loss
- Intervertebral Prolapse
- Cervical Spondylosis
- Lumbar Spondylitis
AYURVEDIC LINE OF TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN
The Ayurvedic Back Pain treatment is carried out in 4 different stages :
- Mridu Samshodhana
Snehana is also called as oleation. It invloves sneha dhara i.e pouring oil, abhyanga – the oil massage, avagaha which is the tub bath with oil or oleaginous medicaments, kati basti which involves retaining medicaments on the back.
Swedana is called sudation. Swedana mainly involves avagaha sweda which is basically a sweating treatment with tub bath, pizichil also known as kayaseka, nadi sweda i.e is a local sudation through a tubular device. last is the sudation through medicated paste or powder – panda sweda.
Mridu Samshodhana means mild purgation. Purgation method is mainly used to treat constipation and to empty the bowel of faecal matter
Basti is the medicated enema . It is similar to eranda basti, vaitarana basti, pippalyadianuvasana basti etc.
Herbal medicines like Shudh Kuchla, Ashwagandha, Guggulu, Eranda, Shilajit, Boswelia, Haldi etc., various herbal and Herbomineral compounds are also prescribed in Ayurvedic texts.
Yoga Asanas are very effective for back pain treatment but these asanas can be performed only under the Guidance of a qualified consultant.
We have a systematic treatment for back pain which involves systematic marma massage for alignment correction. Patients should also follow post-treatment instructions for complete restoration of health.
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