Spinal Disk Diseases
The disk is sometimes described as a shock absorber for the spine. While the disks do separate the vertebrae and keep them from rubbing together, they are far from spring-like.
The spinal column is made of up 26 bones, the vertebrae.
Spinal disks are rubbery pads between the vertebrae, the specialized bones that make up the spinal column. Each disk is a flat, circular capsule about an inch in diameter and one-quarter inch thick. The inner portion is soft and gelatinous whilst the outer ring is tough. The inner portion of the disc can sometimes herniate to the outer portion due to weakness or injury.
The disks are firmly embedded between the vertebrae and are held in place by the ligaments connecting the spinal bones and the surrounding sheaths of muscle.
Under stress, a disk's inner material may swell, pushing through its tough outer membrane. The entire disk can become distorted or bulge in spots. With an injury, all or part of the core material may protrude through the outer casing at a weak spot, pressing against surrounding nerves.
This may result in extreme pain.
If nerves are affected, you may develop pain that moves into a leg or an arm.
There several most common vertebrae disk unhealthy condition:
According to Ayurveda, aggravation of Vata due various factors is known as the main cause for spinal disc problems.
Ayurvedic treatment for back bone disc aims at maintaining the normalcy of the Vata dosha by various medications and treatment procedures.
Ayurvedic medications comprising of herbal decoctions, tablets, capsules and oils for external application are very effective in providing relief in patients with mild to moderate problems. These treatments help the patients avoid surgery and are safe and effective - using natural and holistic methods.
Most recommended Ayurvedic therapies for spinal disc, depending on the stage of the disease and the Ayurvedic doctor's conclusions during the consultation are :
Abhyanga - medicated oil applications and massage in slow and rhythmic movements throughout the body. The Abhyanga is performed in seven postures in by varying pressure at different points in the body ,
Swedana - body heating, pre-requisite for Panchakarma - process involves inducing sweat in the patient, there are various sweating methods ,
Shodana therapies (detoxification)- helps to purify and detoxify the whole body with the help of massages with medicated oils and herbs, along with a comprehensive diet program Nasyam very powerful rejuvenative Panchakarma therapy that involves administering of medicated herbal oils through the nose.
Kativasti - medicated oils are used on back to treat the herniated/ bulging, degenerativ disc condition.All Ayurvedic therapies are used to heal the nerves affected by the disc and to relieve the muscular spasm as well.
Ayurvedic physiotherapy - Yoga thereby helps to provide a comprehensive healing for patients suffering from disc prolapse.Ayurvedic medicines, which may be recommended at the discretion of the Ayurvedic physician consist of- Gandharvahastadi kashayam, Cervilon, Lumbaton, Triphala Churna herbal combinations and in different compositions
Heat and cold therapy can help relieve muscle tension and pain
Yoga specific exercises and stretches help to improve your range of motion, strength and flexibility
Use a pillow under your knees to help relieve tension in the lower back
Self massage is very good option for pain to release of the muscle
Avoid sitting for long periods of time
Lose weight if you need to
Don’t wear high heeled shoes
Ginger - is one of the most popular herbal remedies. Its antioxidants can help with joint and muscle pain
Wintergreen, Eucalyptus Tea tree Essential Oils - A natural pain reliever