As we age, the water and protein content of the cartilage of the body changes. This change results in weaker, more fragile and thin cartilage. Because both the discs and the joints that stack the vertebrae of the Spine are partly composed of cartilage, these areas are subject to Wear and Tear over time (Degenerative changes). The gradual deterioration of the disc between the vertebrae is referred to as “Degenerative disc disease”. Wear of the facet cartilage and the bony changes of the adjacent joint are referred to as Degenerative Facet Joint disease or Osteo Arthritis of the Spine.
Degeneration of the disc is medically referred to as “Spondylosis”. Spondylosis can be noted on X-ray tests or MRI scanning of the Spine as a narrowing of the normal "disc space" between the adjacent vertebrae.
Degeneration of the disc tissue makes the disc more susceptible to ‘Herniation’. Degeneration of the disc can cause local pain in the affected area. Any level of the spine can be affected by disc degeneration. When disc degeneration affects the Spine of the neck, it is referred to as “Cervical disc disease”. When the mid-back is affected, the condition is referred to as “Thoracic disc disease”.Disc degeneration that affects the Lumbar Spine is referred to as “Lumbar disc disease or Lumbago”. Lumbago causes pain localized to the low back and is common in older people.
In the past, a patient suffering from Disc problems may have been prescribed Pain killers / Medications, Instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for Physiotherapy, received Steroidal Shots or Injections, and when they weren’t progressing, they were sent for Spinal Surgery. Frankly speaking only 5% of Back pains require Surgeries,the other 95% can be dealt with Conservative & Curative Ayurveda Panchakarma Chikitsa & Rejuvenation Procedures.
Today, you may not have to live with that pain anymore. Meru Chikitsa (Ayurveda Neuro Therapy) enables patients to return to more active lifestyles. Marma chikitsa along with Vatahara Chikitsa and Brumhana Chikitsa are given utmost importance.
AYURVEDA TREATMENTS for Disc Problems mainly include Abhyangam( A whole body massage with specific herbal oils, achieves deepest healing effects by naturally harmonizing Body, Mind, Soul and the Senses), Nadi Swedam(medicated steam bath), Elakizhi (herbal leaf bundle massage), Pizhichil (medicated oil bath), Kati Vasthi & Greeva Vasthi( a treatment done on to the back to decrease spinal compression), Vasthi( medicated enema) Virechanam( purgation) and other Ayurvedic procedures are performed according to the severity, age of the patient for a period of 7/14/21/28 days, thus treating the underlying cause of the disease without any side effects.
Ayurvedaprovides the best treatments and cure for all the Spinal ailments like: Herniated Discs, Bulging Discs, Degenerative Disc Disease, Sciatica Syndrome, Spondylosis (Cervical /Lumbar/ Ankylosing)with accuracy and without recurrence.
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