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 Home remedies for back pain

There are some simple remedies for back pain that give immediate relief.

Oil massage

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.

Hot packs

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 your weight.

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.

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