Back Pain and Ayurveda

Back Pain and Ayurveda

Back pain and Ayurveda are a perfect match! Studies have shown that up to 70% of people suffer from lower back pain at some point during their lives.  Of those who experience back pain in Australia, it is thought that 50% suffer recurrently from the condition. Though sometimes caused by fractures or infection, the most common causes of back problems include stress, poor posture, arthritis and being overweight or obese.  At Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, we specialise in treating conditions such as back pain using holistic and natural methods.  In this article, we will discuss Ayurveda’s understanding of back pain as well as detailing the natural measures you can take to help relieve the condition.

Ayurveda’s view of back pain

Many people suffer regularly from back pain and Ayurveda has helped treat it for thousands of years! The most common form of back pain, lower back pain, is known as Kateegraham or Prishtasoola in Ayurveda, and is catalysed by the aggravation of the Vata dosha.  Managing back pain involves balancing the forces which unsettle this dosha.  These may include:

Many people regularly suffer from back pain and Ayurveda can treat this problem! Contact the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bondi Junction

Many people regularly suffer from back pain and Ayurveda can treat this problem! Contact the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bondi Junction

  • Apatarpana (excessive fasting)
  • Vyayama (over-exercising)
  • Vyavaya (over-indulgence in sexual activities)
  • Katu (excessive consumption of pungent foods)
  • Ruksha (excessive consumption of dry foods)
  • Tikta (excessive consumption of bitter foods)
  • Katu (excessive consumption of pungent foods)
  • Kashaya (excessive consumption of astringent foods)

What can Ayurveda do?

As per the aforementioned Vata imbalances, it is important to limit your engagement in physical activities to yoga and taichi, which well help to soothe the mind and body.  In addition, having a balanced diet may help to guard against back pain by limiting Vata aggravation.

No matter what area of your back has been effected by back pain, Ayurveda is able to prescribe an holistic massage treatment which may help to alleviate the suffering associated with the condition.  At Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, we recommend our Abhyanga treatment, which massages the whole body with oils to leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.  This massage also relaxes muscle tension and impurities, which may be the cause of back pain.  Our Deep Relaxation Package, a combination of both Abhyanga and Shirodhara, is fantastic for relieving stress and tensions in the nervous system, both of which frequently lead to back pain.  In order to target pain in specific areas, we also recommend our Kizhi massage treatment.  Specifically designed to relieve aches and pains, this massage sees a muslin cloth packed with healing herbs, dipped in warm oil and applied to the body.  The heat of the oil opens the pores in the skin, allowing for both the release of toxins and the absorption of the healing herbs.

If you would like to find out what treatments would work the most effectively for your specific body type, you may like to consult one of our Ayurvedic doctors.  As Ayurveda is customised to each individual’s body, booking a consultation is often the most efficient way to get answers relating to your specific needs.

To find out more about our treatments, or to book a consultation, please call us on (02) 9389 2581.


Rita Sagrani

Rita is the founder of the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre. To find out more about her, head to the About Us page.

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