Neck & Back Pain
The main reason we suffer from back problems is that we are increasingly becoming sedentary creatures.
- Muscular Back pain: Inefficient, weak, back muscles are prone to injury. Poor posture when sitting, standing and lifting can place unnecessary stress on your spine. Sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents are very common causes.
- Disc Herniation: spinal disk is like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tough coating. Slipped disk or ruptured disk or herniated disk occurs when the softer jelly pushes out through a crack in the tough case. It can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in arms or legs.
- Cervical or Lumbar Spondylosis: age-related wear and tear affecting the spine in your neck or low back. As the disks dehydrate and shrink, bone spurs and other signs of osteoarthritis develop. Dehydrated disks, herniated discs, bone spurs, and stiff ligaments are the result.
- Ankylosing Spondylosis: may include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. People who have a gene HLA-B27 are at increased risk.
- Sciatica: a catching pain starts at the low back and radiates through buttocks - behind the thighs, knees, and calves and to the ankles and toes. Caused by pinching of nerve roots at the spine by a bulged disc or due to a degenerated vertebrae.
Back to Roots Ayurveda offers an extensive list of therapies mentioned as below:
- Lepanam - Application of herbal pastes over the affected area which relieves pain and swelling
- Bandages - Bandages with herbal oils are effective in Muscular pains
- Kadivasthy / Greeva vasthy - Retention of warm oil is very effective
- Elakkizhi & Podikkizhi - Warm herbal bags sweeps pain away and strengthen spinal muscles
- Virechanam – Purgation therapy
- Vasthy – Enema therapy
- Nasya – Medicated nasal drops are very effective in Shoulder & Neck pains
- When pain hits, stop what you are doing and ease gently into a comfortable position.
- Drink plenty of quality water. Rest on a firm bed.
- Try lying face down on the floor, hands by your sides, this takes the pressure off your back.
- Once the acute pain has subsided, muscle strengthening will help to prevent recurrences.
- Don't do any bending, twisting or lifting.
- When sitting, keep your knees a little higher than your hips and keep your feet flat on the floor.
- Always push large objects; never pull them.
- Move around. Do not sit in the same position for long periods of time.
- Practice Yoga postures like Bhujangasana, Salabhasana, Pavana muktasana