Back pain is a common disorder involving muscles, nerves and bones of the back .It is encountered more frequently in Youngsters below 40 years of age and is more severe in older age group.it is found that up to 84% of adults experience low back pain at some point of time during their life. Approximately 2% to 8% of these individual will develop chronic disabling low back Pain.
The risk factors are heavy weight lifting, poor postures twisting movement’s road traffic accidents, obesity .In Ayurveda Low back pain can be considered under‘katishoola’in which the term ‘kati’ means lower back and ‘Shoola’ means pain
Back pain can range from a dull aching to a stabbing or shooting pain, numbness, decreased range of motion, more over the pain may radiate towards the leg or worsen with bending, lifting, standing twisting and walking.
Most of the back pain gradually improves by self-care, usually within a few weeks. Must contact your doctor if your back pain
⁍ Persists past a few weeks
⁍ Is severe and doesn't improve with rest
⁍ Spreads down one or both legs, especially if the pain extends below the knee
⁍ Causes numbness or tingling in one or both legs
⁍ Pain accompanied by unexplained weight loss
⁍ Causes new bowel or bladder problem
⁍ Pain accompanied by a fever and injury
⁍ Pain caused after an Injury
Ayurvedic oral medications, Administration of Panchakarma (Detoxification therapies) with special focus on Vasthi (Enema) along with Abhyangam (Massage)Elakizhi (poultice) Katibasti (oil pooling therapy) and other external therapies will prove to be very beneficial in offering much-needed relief for this condition. It also helps in preventing further degeneration of the cartilage, bones and nerves involved preventing further recurrence.
Yoga is one of the more effective tools for soothe low back pain. Yoga helps to stretch and strengthens muscles by improving the blood and nerve circulation, reduce stiffness and pain by practicing particular yogic asana. The therapeutic yoga for back pain includes breathing exercise, yoga asnas, relaxation techniques and pranayamas. Proper body alignment and good posture which helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine, which is an important part of reducing or avoiding low back pain.
Acupuncture points stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals. These natural chemicals reduce the pain. This brings about a normalizing effect on nerve and hormone function. Researchers found that acupuncture could provide immediate effect in reducing pain of acute low back pain significantly.