Treating lower back pain at Home

By on July 22, 2013

Treating lower back pain at Home

What is Lower back pain
Back pain in the lower back is the pain and stiffness in the small of the back between the lower ribs and your tailbone. It is also called spit or lumbago. This pain may be associated with stiffness, numbness and pain going down to the buttocks and legs. Lower back pain is the most common pain disorder today. It is a condition with a continuous dull or sharp pain in the lower back.

Causes of Lower back pain
Poor posture habit is a common cause for lower back pain. Other causes of lower back pain involve disease or injury to the muscles, bones, and/or nerves of the spine. Pain arising from abnormalities of organs within the chest, pelvis or abdomen may also be felt in the back. Sometimes, change in the normal curvature of the spine creates stress on the muscles. Due to this stress the muscles contract causing pain in that region. Sprain or strain of muscles or ligaments of the lower back area can also result in lower back pain. It can also occur due to a fall or blow to the back.

Other factors that may be responsible for lower back pain are:
• Poor physical condition.
• Long driving.
• High stress.
• Pregnancy.
• Overweight.
• Age.
• Cold, damp weather is not conducive for people with back problems.
• High heels.

Symptoms of Lower back pain
Pain in the lower part of the back is the main symptom of lower back pain. This pain may confine to the lower back or may radiate down the front, side or back of your leg. It may become worse with activity. Sometimes, it may become worse at night or with prolonged sitting. You may have numbness or weakness in some part of the leg that receives its nerve supply from a compressed nerve. This means you would not be able to stand on your toes or bring your foot downward. Sometimes you may not be able to raise your big toe upward. The pain may be dull or severe, but if you bend down, stand up or turn around suddenly, the pain can become unbearable. Also, lifting heavy objects can cause sudden pain.

Treatment of Lower back pain
Self-Care at Home
General recommendations are to start normal, or near normal, activity as soon as possible. Activities which place additional strain on the back should be avoided.

Pain is also relieved by the use of ice or heat on the affected region. Their use is not considered to be harmful. Never use a heating pad on “high temperature” or place ice directly on the skin.

Exercises for lower back pain have been found useful for persons with chronic pains to help them return to normal activities and work. However, exercise should be done only after consultation with a physiotherapist or an expert. Lower back pain exercises involve strengthening and stretching exercises of the back. Before doing these exercises you should warm up the muscles with five minutes of light exercises like walking or riding at stationary bike to reduce the risk of injury.

Yoga for lower back pain
Yogic asanas are also useful in the treatment of lower back pain. Some of the asanas which have been found useful in the treatment are
• Bhujangasana
• Shalabhasana
• Halasana
• Uttanpadasana
• Shavasana

Home remedies for the treatment of back pain
There are many home remedies which have been found useful in the treatment of lower back pain
• Two or three cloves of garlic should be taken in the morning. Additionally fry ten cloves of garlic in 60 ml. of mustard oil and massage the affected area with this oil.
• Some salt should be mixed in lemon juice and be taken twice daily.
• Potato is an ancient remedy for the treatment of lower back pain. The poultice of raw potato should be applied on the affected area.

Ayurvedic prospective
Ayurvedic panchkarma treatments like abhyanga (oil message), basti (medicated enema) are very useful in relieving back pain. Other Ayurvedic drugs of choice in the treatment of back pain are Yyograja Guggulu, Lakshadi Guggulu, Triphala Guggulu and Mahanarayan Tailam.

Allopathic treatment
In allopathic treatments for backache usually analgesics, corticosteroids, muscle relaxants, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), counterirritants (for topical use) etc. are used.
However these allopathic treatments are not a permanent cure for lower back pain. They only suppress the symptoms and give relief.

Diet for lower back pain patients
• If you are suffering from back pain you should take salads of raw vegetables like tomato, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, radish and lettuce and at least two lightly cooked vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, carrot and spinach.
• You should also take a lot of fruits except banana.
• Avoid fatty, spicy and processed fruits
• Avoid tobacco and smoking

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