Backache

Backache refers to a condition where one is afflicted by severe pain or discomfort in the area of the lower back and legs and refers to any type of pains of the vertebral column. Backache afflicts any specific area of the vertebral column or the associated muscles and as a result any of the 32 vertebrae can develop sudden pains which could become chronic leading to backache. Back pain is probably the most common ailment on the planet, with as many as 4 out of 5adults experiencing it in varying degrees in their lifetime.
Back pain is a symptom and not a disease in itself. It is an indication that something is amiss either with the spine or with the nerves and muscles in the back
Though backache is not confined to any specific gender it is prevalent more in men than in women.
 Ayurveda considers backache to be the result of the vitiation of the vata dosha.
Symptoms of Backache 

  • Pain in the middle of the back or lower down
  • Pain around hips and waist
  • Stiffness along the spine
  • Mood swings
  • Sharp pain localized in the neck and upper back
  • Numbness or weakness in your legs or feet
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Nausea, vomiting, fever and muscle weakness

Causes of Backache 

  • Sitting in the same posture for long hours
  • Muscular/ mental tension
  • Eating junk food
  • Lack of balanced diet
  • Degenerative conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Improper functioning of kidney
  • Sleeping on your stomach
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Wearing high heeled shoes
  • Sleeping in a wrong posture
  • Excess physical labor
  • Deterioration in the discs of the spine
  • Injury to the back

Ayurvedic Treatments for Backache 
Ayurvedic treatment for backache is aimed at bringing the vitiated 'vata dosha' back to the state of equilibrium and thereby to a state of health. For treating low back pain, internal as well as external treatments are done including panchakarma treatments to eliminate the toxins. Daily purgation is recommended to restore the vitiated 'dosha' to the state of normalcy.

Ayurvedic treatments like Abhyanga (oil massage), Basti (meditated enema) are very much helpful in relieving backache and correcting abnormalities.
Ayurveda treatments for backache seeks to adopt  a total and integrated approach to managing backache, incorporating herbs, herbal oils, yoga, diet control and life style to correct the underlying vata dosha deficiency and eradicate backache . 

Ayurvedic Remedies for Backache 

  • Avoid vata aggravating foods such as sour and fried foods 
  • Consume wheat, millet and sorghum
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes. 
  • Avoid strenuous exercise such as jogging, jumping 
  • Use a hard mattress to sleep 
  • Do not cramp yourself in one position 
  • Reduce weight if you are overweight 
  • Do not sit or stand for long periods
  • Shift your weight if standing for long periods
  • Practice Yoga 
  • Take sufficient rest 

Ayurveda & Musculoskeletal Disorders

Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis lays emphasis on the use of herbal medicines. These herbal medicines have been found effective and are time tested and proven.Ayurvedic treatment for backache lays utmost emphasis on the use of several medicinal herbs. These have been proven effectively over the years. Amongst the various types of oils sesame oil is the most frequently used in ayurveda for treating back pains. The various constituents present in the sesame oil have anti-oxidant and anti-depressant properties, which help to bring about a sense of well being.

Ayurvedic treatment for frozen shoulder, apart from the panchakarma treatments and rejuvenation treatments, also necessitates the application of heat to the shoulder joint. This is particularly helpful in reducing pain and stiffness. Herbal oils are applied on the affected joint followed by a localized steam fomentation of medicines Ayurveda treatment for gout includes following a diet regime during and after the treatment. Patients should consume large quantities of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. The patients suffering from gout should besides, consume wheat, green gram, raisins, ginger, milk etc. Consumption of fish, dried horse gram, dhal, curds, radish, mushrooms etc should be discouraged. Alcohol consumption and smoking should also be strictly avoided.

The great benefit with a majority of this herbal medicine preparation is that these can be done at our homes itself on the prescription and advice of an ayurveda physician. These, however, are not to be taken without the prescription from an ayurveda doctor as it is only the ayurveda doctor who can prescribe the medicine after a careful analysis of the patient and the intensity of the disease.

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