There are some simple remedies for back
pain that give immediate relief.
Ayurveda says back pain is a vata symptom caused by
maladjustment of gas within the body. Massaging with oil at the
point of the pain is very soothing. Do not press the spine while
massaging the oil, but gently massage the muscles around it.
Avoid exposure to breeze, so switch off fans and ACs. Cover with
a sheet and rest after the massage.
Using a hot water bottle or sitting in a bathtub filled with
warm water helps.
Temperature and back pain
In winters, muscles shrink and old wounds and pains resurface.
Current wounds also give more trouble. Likewise in summer, pain
worsens with AC draughts. Avoiding direct breeze on your back,
is, therefore, important.
Food and back pain
Food also plays an important role. Some foods aggravate the pain
and some reduce the intensity. Ayurveda says that back pain is a
vata ailment. Our body remains healthy when its vata, pitta and
kapha are in balance. Therefore, avoid food that increases the
vata element in your body as this aggravates your pain. Keep
away from rice, curd,and lemons till the pain disappears. Eat
light and easily digestible food. Keep your spine strong with
calcium. Also walk in the sun for your daily dose of vitamin D.
Mental state and back pain
Back pain can also be psychosomatic. If you are pessimistic and
grumpy, there are chances that the problem may aggravate. If you
remain positive and cheerful, it will pass.
Obesity and back pain
More weight means more pressure on back muscles. Over time, the
muscles become weak and this leads to pain. So keep an eye on
Constipation and back pain
It has been seen that when you have back pain, your metabolism
is affected too. In fact constipation, gastric trouble and back
pain are very closely related. To treat constipation, take two
big tablespoons of isabgol husk half an hour before dinner or
take a spoonful of triphala powder or 8-10 munnakas boiled in
milk. Also have fibre-rich food.