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The human back is one of the most delicate parts of the body. It is the large posterior area, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders opposite to the chest, its height being defined by the vertebral column (commonly referred to as the spine or backbone) and its breadth being supported by the ribcage and shoulders. The spine supports the upper body’s weight and also houses the delicate nervous system.
The intricate anatomy of the back provides support for the head and trunk of the body and also responsible for flexibility and movement. This makes the back very vulnerable. This is due to interconnecting nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, all of which can be a source of pain. Back pain is the second most common type of pain after headache.
The concept of “Kundalini” comes from Hinduism. It is known as the female goddess of awareness and is the dormant energy in the base of the spine in the form of a coiled snake that may travel through the spine to the head. “Kundalini” syndrome is a recently employed term by researchers to refer to the condition that occurs when experiences traditionally associated with” kundalini” awakening arise.
There are seven chakras in spinal chord. When arranged from bottom to top, they are “Muladhara” or Root Chakra in the base of spine, beneath genitals; “Swadhisthana” or Sacral Chakra in the sacrum, Lower abdomen; “Manipura” or Solar Plexus Chakra, just opposite to naval area; “Anahata” or Heart Chakra in thymus, just above heart; “Vishuddha” or Throat Chakra in the throat; “Ajna” or Third eye Chakra between the eye brows and “Sahasrara” or Crown Chakra in the top of the head.
Attributes of Back Pain
By far the most common cause of back pain is muscle strain. The human back is composed of a complex structure of muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks and bones. Spine is also cushioned with cartilage. Problems with any of these components can lead to back pain. Aging is also another cause of back pain.
“Kundalini” – Full Back & Spine Therapy
“Kundalini” Back Treatment is a journey through physical and mental realignment focusing the nervous system. This ayurvedic treatment is almost spiritual. It begins with a salt foot scrub. Massage is done after the salt scrub. The massage focuses on awakening dormant energy. The treatment utilizes light pressure and even heated salt poultices along the spine.
This treatment is deeply soothing, relaxing and balancing to the whole nervous system. It uses an oil preparation containing very special blend of herbs in combination with ancient massage techniques and chakra healing. The patient feels serenity after the massage that is pronounced than other treatments.
- Effective for chronic back pain.
- Useful in neck aches, frozen shoulders, sciatica and spine problems.
Low Back Therapy – “Kati Basti”
The Sanskrit word “Kati” means waist and more specifically the Lumber region as a whole. The term “kati basti” represents external therapy, applied to the lumber region, for “Katisula”, the Sanskrit term for low back pain.
Attributes of Low Back Pain
A back muscle strain or ligament strain is one of the most common causes of acute lower back pain, besides postural problem, sciatica, disc problem and degeneration due to aging.
Excessive body weight and in some cases stomach , kidney problems, etc., that do not relate to injury of the back can also cause lower back pain.
This specialized therapy relieves and nourishes the lower back. The patient is asked to lie on his belly in a very relaxed posture on the massage table. A small ring of four to five inches in diameter, made up by mixing flour of black gram with water, is placed over the the lumbo sacral area (“kati”) . Lukewarm medicated oil or herbal decoction is poured and kept in the groove. During this time the herbs that get absorbed to the muscles through the skin pores, relives lower spine rigidity. On cooling it is squeezed out and replaced with fresh one. The process is repeated for some time and massage is given afterwards.
After the session the patient is asked to take rest a while. The same procedure is repeated for one to three weeks depending on acuteness of the pain.
- Increases the circulation in the region.
- Pacifies soreness, relives backache and restores flexibility.
These days there are many ayurvedic clinics that provide these treatments by trained experts, after assessing your health condition. People can go there for treatment and maintenance of general health so as to live a healthy life.