Low Back Pain: It’s Prevention and Management through Yoga and Ayurveda
Suryawanshi Pradipkumar R., Suryawanshi Pradipkumar R., Shweta V Musale and Rucha Shinde
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Backache is one of the most common and widely prevalent ailments. These days due to sedentary living habits and hazardous work patterns its occurrence is increasing day by day. The psychological conditions associated with emotional stress, which bring about spasm of the muscles, may also cause backache. Chronic low back pain (CLBP) affects millions of people worldwide. There are several treatment options for chronic low back pain, although no single therapy stands out as being the most effective. It is estimated that 80% of all people will experience at least one episode of Back pain in their lifetime, with point prevalence ranging from 15% to 39%, 70% of patients with an episode of Low Back Pain recover with one month, and 90% within 3 months, only 4% patients will have symptoms larger than 6 months. According to Ayurveda degeneration is a process that occurs mainly due to ageing and in Ayurveda vata is the dosha that is mainly dominant during old age and 90% of degenerative disorders are due to vitiated vata dosha. Specific procedures such as Basti, Podikizhi, Navarakizhi, Pizchil etc. pacify the deranged vata externally where as internally some vata pacifying medicines are also administered to the Panchakarma procedures such as Katibasti; may also be employed. The primary goal of Yoga therapy for low back pain (LBP) is the relief of pain and functional limitation caused by a chronic lower back disorder. This is achieved by minimizing, healing, and ultimately correcting underlying physical malfunctions through a series of anatomically correct postures.