Keep back pain at bay


Back pain is the most common complaint among adults between the ages 35 -55. Researchers say that it is really a challenge to a physician to find out the true cause of back pain. Various factors like incorrect sleeping or seating positions can cause backaches. A fall or injury is one of the most common causes that trigger a backache.

Causes for back ache

Bones and thighs are mainly occupied by Vata. Vata controls and directs the body movements. Back pain occurs when vata in this region gets aggravated due to unwise physical activities (mithya yoga of karma), exaggerated physical activities (Ati yoga of karma ) or less physical activities (hina yoga of karma).

Backache usually arises from spasm of muscles that support our spine.The muscles supporting spine go into spasm when we lift things unwisely, bending over too sharply, sitting in a unsuitable chair, etc. These type of movements are called as “Mithyaa yoga of karma or action ” in ayurveda.

Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, viral infection, bladder or kidney infection, gynecological problems in women, tumors and trauma may also cause back pain.

Lack of motion or hina yoga of karma and bad posture may affect us when we sit or stand for long periods of time. On the other hand repetitive motion or Ati yoga of karma like too much of bending, lifting or twisting also affects our back.

Being obese or over weight, wearing incorrect shoes or carrying heavy weight are some causes that can lead to a backache.

Potential Solutions to cure a backache

  • A complete bed rest for 24 – 48 hours relieves back pain in most of the instances. Walk a little every few hours to keep the blood flowing and the muscles toned.
  • Applying healing ayurvedic oils on affected region and Naadisweda (mild steam bath on affected area ) of affected region relives the pain quickly.

You need to visit a doctor if any of these problems persist:

  • If you are above 50 and sudden onset of severe pain or pain localized to spine .
  • Pain due to recent fall or trauma or a pain in the hip and leg
  • Back pain unrelated to posture and extreme weakness in legs.
  • Bowel or bladder control problems.

Prevention of back pain

  • Keep the muscles well-conditioned by improving sitting, standing, stretching postures. Well-conditioned muscles are less susceptible to injury.Pic 2left aligned
  • Never bend at the waist or stoop to pick up an object. Instead, lower the body to the level of the object by bending the knees. Grasp the item, hold it close to the body, and raise yourself with your legs while keeping your back straight.
  • Do not lift very heavy objects. Take support if you are standing for long hours.
  • Keep footstools around the house. Alternatively prop up one leg on stool while doing standing chores.
  • Sleep on a firm mattress and find a comfortable position. Use comfortable chairs while seated.
  • At work take regular breaks. Stretch and walk about a bit.

Tips for software professionals to avoid back pain

  • Select a correct chair, with a relatively straight back and good lower back support. If the chair doesn’t offer lower back support, keep a rolled up towel or cushion to support the back.
  • Correctly position the chair, keyboard, and monitor. Feet should be on the floor, with knees at hip level; forearms should form a right angle with upper arms; and the computer terminal should be at eyelevel.
  • Adopt a relaxed, upright working posture and allow the chair to support.
  • Avoid slouching forward or leaning back too far.
  • When you are at work stand up, walk around, stretch forward, backward, and side to side once in 30 minutes.
  • Increased stress and strain enhances the chances of back pain. Hence remember to relax! Yoga and meditation are best techniques to relax
  • Eat healthy food which is rich in fiber. Avoid sweets, oil, soft drinks and overeating to reduce the chances of weight gain.

This post was originally written by Dr.Savitha Suri Vaidya for Extracts of the original post has been published with permission.


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