Back pain and the umpteen derivatives of it have become a fairly common place ailment of our times, and spreading ( if we could use that term) at a really worrisome pace across the world. Closer home, a majority of our society suffer in silence, across ages and gender, but based on our experience, there has been a fair increase in women in the recent years. Desk-jobs, an increasing use of high-heeled footwear (yes !) – the reasons can be as diverse and trivial as can be. The primary cause of most of the cases is the shift/slippage of the Intervertebral discs (or intervertebral fibrocartilage) and the subsequent abrasive tear or rupture of its protective membrane.
Though advancing age and sudden injuries are major contributory factors, modern lifestyle has by now become the singular villain in most of the cases, which has been disregarded over time, transforming them into debilitating physical conditions, at times. We believe the fundamental theme that runs through most of the advanced cases that we have addressed is this “disregard”. Lack of exercise, obesity, work-related conditions that leave you either standing or sitting for a good part of your working hours, sustained two-wheeler mode of travel, mental and emotional stress, smoking, drinking, sleeping on uneven surfaces unless there is decisive action taken by the individual to at least seek out ways to minimize these, the consequences will be, at times, beyond salvage. The sad part is the attitude of “I’ll cross the bridge when I come to it”, which ends up with disastrous consequences.
The common causes for back pain in women relates to pregnancy and ovarian infections or complications through menopause in addition to the lifestyle anomalies that might bring them on.
Common symptoms of Back pain.
The most common symptoms include pain in the back, tingling sensation or numbness in the feet, inability to raise one’s legs in a supine state and shooting pain while shifting from one position to another ( while getting up after sitting for a while).
Handy remedies for Back pain.
Control body weight, which means control your diet. Obesity is one of the prime causatives of back pain.
Simple but regular exercise.
Choose what suits you, but stick to it, regularly. It does wonders to your wellness.
An ice rub or a warm compress help ease and relieve the pain in most cases.
Listen to your physician.
Take only prescribed pain-killers by your physician. Over-the-counter quick-fix medication do more harm than good.
Even if your lifestyle demands a sustained posture for a long period of time, take brisk walk arounds the station. Do self-checks on your posture on the chair. After all, if you don’t watch your back, who else will ?
Back pain treatment in Ayurveda.
For treating low back pain, internal as well as external treatments are done. Ayurvedic treatments like Abhyanga (oil massage), Kizhi, Basti (medicated enema) are very much helpful in relieving backache and correcting abnormalities.