Do you know about most frequent injury that brings careers to a grinding halt in people under the age of 45? It is back pain. Back pain can put a stop to your desires and ambitions. Doctors have a difficult time finding satisfactory solutions relieving backache in people below 45. Could there be an effective solution in our ancient Ayurvedic texts? Holistic back ache remedies can be found in the ancient books. Ayurvedic remedies for back ache can be tried by most people.
Let’s first look at the amazing system that is the spinal cord. The spinal cord pretty much sets us apart from the animal kingdom. We can do all kinds of movements that no other living being can. The flexibility of the human spinal cord is a work of art. It is a wondrous system all on its own, consisting of 24 bones or vertebrae. They are stacked one on another right from the base of the skull to the pelvis. A spongy layer separates the vertebrae from each other. There are seven neck’svertebrae, which we know as cervical vertebrae. Next, we have the thorax vertebrae, which are made of 12 vertebrae and situated in the thoracic region. The lumbar region of the vertebrae consists of 5 vertebrae in the lower back. Below this is the sacrum which is made of five fused bones of the vertebrae and finally the tailbone, which is otherwise known as coccyx, which consists of three to fivebones fused together. There are a number of muscles and ligaments connected to the spinal cord that keep us mobile, flexible and erect. Countless nerves run through our spinal cord connecting various parts of our body and our brain and this vital cord runs through the vertebrae.
Could there be an answer to back pain in the ancient Indian texts of Ayurveda? The Ayurveda pretty much describes and prescribes holistic cures for the body. There is a lot of information on herbal and dietary cures for ailments. Let’s see what it says about the back to further clarify that they did know what they were talking about. There are included Abhyanga oil massage and Basti meditated enema.
In Ayurveda books written centuries ago, respected gurus like Acharya Sushruta accurately describe the spinal cord as having 30 bones, they are 7 in the cervical region, 12 in the thoracic area, 5 in the Lumbar region,in the sacrum 5 fused, and thecoccyxis considered as one.. He describes that the tendons and ligaments hold the muscles and bones together. He elaborates that the joints are 24 [“Chaturvimshatihiprishtavamshe] He goes on to describe the back paincauses as Vata. He says that vata is found in the thighs and bones and Vata controls body movement. Vata is disturbed sometimes when we do inappropriate physical activity (karma’s Mithya yoga), or when we do too much physical activity (karma’s Ati yoga) or when there is not enough physical activity (karma’s Hina yoga).
Any of these disturbances can cause back pain. So what is this karmic Mithya yoga (or action) he is talking about? When we do wrong way lift, bend too fast, or sit in an unsuitable chair this is mithya yoga of action. Ati yoga of action (karma) happens when lifting, bending or twisting too much, And Hina yoga of action is when we sit or stand for a long time with bad posture.In short the spoiled or impaired vita can cause back pain.
Other Reasons for Back pain·
You can get back ache if you sneeze too hard, awkwardly get ina car, and bend too fast to lift up something from the ground, even if it is light weight.· There could be a physiological condition that causes back pain like, in osteoporosis or osteoarthritis, infections of kidney or the bladder, a viral infection, a tumor, trauma to the back or even gynecological problems in women.
What treatment does Ayurveda advice for simple back pain?
Don’t panic. Rest on a bed is usually a good solution. At least 24-48 hours bed rest, with a small walk every couple of hours will keep blood circulation going and muscles flexible.Rub the back gently with ksheerbala oil and steam treatment on the affected area (naadisweda). Ayurveda has herbal remedies for back ache. Here we give you one herbal remedy for back pain that you can try. They are all natural ingredients so you should not have side effects:
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When to see a doctor?
What can we do to prevent Back Pain? – We can make some simple changes in the way we live to avoid back pain.
Here are a few tips for back ache that we have listed for you to try:
As a Software Professional how can you prevent back pain? – Software professionals need to sit several hours on the job. You are under a lot of stress on the job too. There are a few pointers to help you prevent from back pain.
A. Get a good chair which has back support, or at least roll up a towel and use it to support your back while sitting for long hours.
B. The computer screen, chair, and keyboard must be at the correct level. Feet must be rest flat and not hang above the floor; hands must be at right angles to the floor when on the keyboard, and make sure that you look straight at the computer screen.
C. Try not to slouch in your seat.
D. Try to get up every half an hour and walk around, do some stretches
E. Avoid calorie-rich foods, eat lots of fiber rich foods
F. Do yoga and try to practice meditation to avoid stress
G. Avoid sex if you have severe back ache.