According to Ayurveda, back pain mainly occurs due to poor or unhealthy diet and bad posture, which in turn results in the lack of flexibility of the muscles, causing severe pain in the upper, middle or lower back. As the pain continues to aggravate, it tends to spread to both the sides of the waist as well as the hip. Although back pain can be associated with a number of reasons, spinal disc problems, ligament injuries, injuries from sprains, fractures, or accidents, and pelvicinflammatory diseases are considered to be the major causes
To put it precisely, back pain can mainly occur due to:
- Sedentary lifestyle, stressful jobs, anxiety, depression, obesity, smoking, strenuous physical exercises, and physical works.
- Spinal cord infections that cause fever and lethargy.
- Spinal cord tumours that compress the spine and nerve roots, thus causing excruciating pain.
- Hereditary – Certain causes of back pain, including ankylosing spondylitis (a kind of arthritis that affects the spinal cord), are hereditarily transferred from one generation tothe other.
A few of the common traditional ayurvedic treatment patterns for back pain or lumbago includes:
- Upanaha or medicinal poultice
- Dhanyamla dhara or pouring of fermented medicated
- Vasti (medicinal enema)