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- Mar 24 2017
Ayurvedic Treatment for Spine Problems
Lower back pain is one of the most common chronic pain related disorders among adults today. Studies show that almost 1 in 10 people across the world suffer from intense and persistent pain in the lower back region. An aching lower back could be a symptom or a result of any of several possible conditions from muscle stress to chronic constipation, poor posture and in some cases spine or bone related diseases such as osteoporosis, scoliosis and spinal stenosis. Allopathic treatment for back pain by even the best orthopaedic doctors in Bangalore may include restrictive back braces to improve posture, orally administered pain relief medication and vitamins and in some cases, invasive corrective surgery.
The Ayurvedic treatment for back pain is holistic and looks into treating the condition through its root cause rather than merely targetting the symptoms of the issue. In the Ayurvedic school of thought, lower back pain occurs as a result of a dosha in the body and treatment is focused on correcting the dosha through Panchakarma treatment. Lower back pain or Kateegraham as it is known in Ayurveda is generally diagnosed as being caused due to Vata aggravation and bone and muscle weakness. The treatment method differs on the basis of the root cause of the pain.
- Vata – Treatment prescribed is generally a warm oil massage with application of heat for 20 mins. Sesame oil, Vatashama oil, Mahanarayana oil, Bala or Ashwagandha mixes in sesame oil are used for a slow soothing massage with light to medium pressure.
- Pitta – This treatment prescribes a room temperature oil massage with anti-inflammatory oils such as Olive oil, coconut oil and Pittashama oil. Pitta reducing herbs or oils such as Manjistha, Bala may also be reccomended. Massage is generally vigourous and may be followed by a massage with medium pressure.
- Kapha – For this treatment, a hot oil massage with application of heat for 20 mins is required. This is then followed by a dry powder massage with herbs that are thermal in nature such as Calamus, Ginger, etc. Sesame and mustard oil blends are often used for a vigorous massage with medium to intense pressure being applied.
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