Back pain is one of the most common condition affecting every 9 in 10 people and every 5 out of 10 working people suffers from back pain at least once in life time . Back pain can be from neck , thoracic and lower back but mainly lower back is the most affected area.Understanding the reason behind the pain usually plays a crucial role in treating the pain. If it lasts from 6-10 weeks is called acute and if the pain lasts more than that it is called chronic. It can can be dully and achy which comes after sudden twisting or movement or lifting of heavy objects as in case of Back Muscle/Ligament strain. It can be felt as burning/sharp pain more prominent in leg/foot as in case of Sciatica. Chronic back pain worsened by sitting or standing, nagging constant pain as in Degenerative Disc Disease.
Back Muscle Strain
Lumbar Disc Herniation
Degenerative Disc Disease
Lumbar spondylisthesis Osteoarthritis
The former 4 causes usually being the reason for back pain in adults aged between 30-60 and latter being the reason for back pain in adults over 60 years of age. Management according to modern science is different to Ayurveda's approach of lower back pain and treatment is entirely different.
Ayurveda and Back Pain
Ayurveda describes Back pain as Kati Sula. Even though vata is considered as main dosha involved in causing pain depending on the point of origin, dhatuvus (bodily tissues) involvement and external factors, other 2 doshas i.e symptoms can vary accordingly. Ayurveda management mainly focuses on treating dosha imbalance in the body. Here the main dosha involved is vata so vata alleviating treatments keeping in mind other doshas.
Ayurveda Treatments for Back Pain
Here we are listing some of the treatments recommended in back pain which are to be performed under the supervision of an expert Ayurveda practitioner/Doctor according to the dosha imbalance
1.Abhyangam - /Ayurveda-Abhyanga 2.Podikhizi - /PindaSweda-Podikhizi 3.Kati Vasti - /Ayurveda-Kativasti 4.Vasti/medicated Enema - 5.Sneha Virechana 6.Alepa