Lower back pain
Low back is a well-engineered structure of bones, nerves, and joints etc. that provide support, strength and flexibility. Soft tissue injuries and mechanical issues, muscle or ligament strain etc. are the causes of low back pain. The pains can be of different types such as pain that travels to the buttocks, legs and feet, pain that is worse after prolonged sitting, pain that feel better when changing positions, pains that are worse after waking up etc.
It is the condition that occurs when the bone and cartilages undergo wear and tear. The causes of this condition involve bone spurs, dehydrated spinal disk, herniated disks, injury etc. The risk factors include neck injuries, work related activities, holding neck in an uncomfortable position for longer periods, genetics, smoking etc. The pain might increase while standing, sitting, sneezing, coughing etc.
Degenerative disk disorder
Degenerative disk disorder occurs on the cervical spine or the lumbar back (lower back) . The indicator of degenerative disk disorder is low continuous that flares up into severe pain, increased pain when bending or twisting, difficulty in movement, muscle tension or spasm etc.
What’s causing your low back pain?
Due to previous occupation and degenerative disc disease 60 – 80% of the population suffer from low back pain. Of these major portions are old age people. The human back is composed of muscle, ligaments, tendons, discs and bones. Any damage to these can result in back pain.
Ayurveda views low back pain as “Katishoola”. Kati means low back and Shoola means pain and which is characterized by pain and stiffness due to aggravated vata which gets lodged in the low back region.
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The major symptoms of low back pain include pain, swelling, numbness and discomfort. Pain increases in certain conditions such as lifting too much weight, prolonged sitting, laying down and walking and also sleeping in an uncomfortable position. In extreme cases pain gets radiated to lower extremities.
- Excess weight
- Lack of exercise
- Certain sports and occupation
- Abhyanga (Massage with medicated oil)
- Swedana (Steam, generally carried after abhyanga)
- Kati vasti (Oil pooling over the low back)
- Patrapindasweda (Medicated fomentation through pain relieving herbs)
- Upanaha (Application of herbal pastes)
- Virechana (Therapeutic purgation)
- Vasti (Medicated enema)
Vasti control disturbed vayu and it is the main culprit in the causation of painful conditions.