Ayurvedic Management of Lower Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common complaints faced by a large number of people today. Regular back pain usually affect your daily life personally & professionally as well. Inefficient, weak back muscles are prone to injury. Back pain can come on suddenly and last less than six weeks (acute), which may be caused by a fall or heavy lifting. Back pain that lasts more than three months (chronic) is less common than acute pain.

Back pain often develops without a specific cause that  can identify with a test or imaging study. Conditions commonly linked to back pain include:

Muscle or ligament strain

 Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement may strain back muscles and spinal ligaments. If you're in poor physical condition, constant strain on your back may cause painful muscle spasms. Weak back muscles are prone to injury. Sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents are very common causes.

Bulging or ruptured disks

 Disks act as cushions between the bones (vertebrae) of spine. The soft material inside a disk can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve. It can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness and weakness in arms or legs. However, you can have a bulging or ruptured disk without back pain. Disk disease is often found incidentally when you undergo spine X-rays for some other reason.

  1.  Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back. In some cases arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis.


Age-related wear and tear affecting the spine in low back. As the disks dehydrate and shrink, bone spurs and other signs of osteoarthritis develop. Dehydrated disks, herniated discs, bone spurs, and stiff ligaments are the result.


A catching pain starts at the low back and radiates through buttocks - behind the thighs, knees, and calves and to the ankles and toes. A bulged disc or an osteophyte of a degenerated vertebrae cause pinching of nerve roots.

Skeletal irregularities

Back pain can occur if your spine curves abnormally. Scoliosis, a condition in which your spine curves to the side, also may lead to back pain, but generally only if the scoliosis is severe.

Ankylosing Spondylosis

May include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. People who have a gene HLA-B27 are at increased risk.

Ayurvedic/Ayurveda Treatment For Back pain in Dubai

Ayurvedic Treatment for low back pain generally depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic.

Acute LBP (Lower Back Pain) often resolves within a short time. It is treated with muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory drugs. Applying hot or cold compresses also help with pain relief. Chronic pain most often requires a thorough diagnostic workup to understand the root cause so that it can be addressed effectively. Patients with chronic back pain are treated with a combination of medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Physical therapy for chronic low back pain usually includes regular exercise for improving fitness and flexibility.

While Ayurvedic treatment comprising of Medication, Oil applications is often enough for back pain due to muscle related issues, severe low back pain for which surgery has been recommended also, responds well to Ayurvedic massages and Therapies like Abhyangam & Herbal Steam Bath (Hot Medicated Oil Body Massage with steam) ,Lepanam ( Herbal Medicinal Paste Application) ,Pichu ( Oil Soaking on the affected area), Sarvanga Taila Dhara( A steady stream of warm herbal Oil all over the body), Bandage with medicinal paste (if severe pain),Podikkizhi (Herbal powder massage), Ilakkaizhi (Herbal leaves massage), kativasthi (Pooling medicated oil in the back), Pizhichil (Pouring medicated oils as a stream), Nhavarakkizhi (Massage with rice boiled in medicated milk) and most importantly Sneha Vasthi(oil enema), Kashaya Vasthi (enema with medicated decoctions) and Ksheeravasthi (Enema with medicated milk). When recommended and supervised by experienced Ayurvedic physicians, these therapies are very effective in relieving the symptoms, strengthening the back and preventing back pain in the most severe cases as well.