Integrative Medicine For Lower Back Pain
Wincing in Pain???
Get rid of it through Ayurveda Yoga and Acupuncture
Lower back pain refers to any pain or discomfort experienced in the bottom region of the spine. Lower back pain can vary from dull pain that develops gradually to sudden, sharp or persistent pain felt below the waist. Unfortunately, almost everyone, at some point during their life experience low back pain. Low Back Pain affects approximately 60-85% of adults during some point in their lives
Back pain which originates in the low back can be a result of conditions affecting the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, muscles of the low back, internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area.
A person needs to contact a doctor if
• The pain is severe and doesn’t improve with rest
• Spreads down one or both legs, especially if the pain extends below the knee
• Causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs
• Is accompanied by unexplained weight loss
Integrative therapies are unique as the treatment modalities just do not treat the source of pain but takes a holistic approach.
Integrative therapies target both mind and body to help reduce pain. A combination of Ayurveda, Yoga and Acupuncturehas provided the best and long standing results for a person suffering from Back pain. At Vivekananda Health we strive to relieve the patient of Acute or Chronic pain with a multidisciplinary approach.
Ayurveda advocates external therapies of Kati Basti (Oil pulling therapy on the lower back) along with Elakizhi (fomentation with medicated leaves) helps in reducing the stiffness of the muscles by improving circulation. It also initiates the strengthening of the muscles, bones and soft tissues and therefore reduces pain. The Panchakarma therapy (Bio purification) Basti(Medicated enema) pacifies the Vata and therefore contributes in preventing recurrence. Oral Medication support also helps in balancing the vitiated vata.
Acupuncture along with Ayurveda helps in relieving pain as the needling therapy releases the endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killing chemicals. Followed by Ayurveda and Acupuncture special techniques of yoga are administered which quietens and relaxes the mind while stretching and strengthening the body. Practicing yoga might not directly relieve the source of your pain, but it can relax your body, loosen tense muscles, refresh your mind and mentally prepare you better to manage your discomfort.
Article By :
Dr. Vasudha M Sharma