Any type of physical discomfort occurring on the spine or back can be mild, moderate or severe and even cause disability.
It is not necessary that back pain is caused only due to an underlying disease. Numerous causes are involved such as working out or lifting too much, prolonged sitting and lying down, sleeping in an uncomfortable position or wearing a poorly fitted backpack. Muscle strain, obesity, injuries are other reasons behind back pain. If it is not taken care of, it can increase and become a lifetime disorder.
Ayurveda is an ancient science which involves holistic healing. Ayurveda is a science and art of appropriate living which helps to achieve longevity. Panchakarma being a part of Ayurveda heals the body by detoxifying and rejuvenating the body.
In order to achieve a balanced state of body, mind and consciousness, Ayurveda prescribes purificatory therapy i.e. Panchakarma for the cleansing of body toxins. Kati Vasti is a very effective treatment in order to heal lower back pains.
In Ayurveda, the waist region of the body is known as “Kati”. Holding warm herbal oils on the affected area is called Vasti. Kati Vasti involves pouring and retaining warm medicated oil over the lower back for a certain duration of time.
The patient is made to lie on their stomach on the bed and then, a pit made of black gram dough is made and sealed in order to avoid any leakage around the lumbosacral area. Lukewarm medicated oil is then poured into the reservoir.
The temperature of the oil is maintained by reheating and continuous addition of more oil. The oil is kept on for 30-40 minutes followed by a steam on the affected area to ensure better absorption of the oil.
This therapy strengthens the back muscles and bones, improves mobility, alleviates pain and inflammation along with improving blood circulation to the affected area.