Q: I am experiencing disc issues in the lower back and I would like to know if Ayurveda has a treatment for this condition.

A: Intervertebral discs act as cushions between the vertebrae in our spine, with a softer centre encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes, the soft material inside a disk may bulge out through a crack in the tougher exterior.

As you age, your spinal discs lose some of their water content. That makes them less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor twist. Sometimes, a traumatic event or using your back muscles instead of your leg and thigh muscles to lift heavy objects can lead to a herniated disc.

Herniated discs are most common in middle age. Excess body weight causes extra stress on the disks in your lower back. Repetitive lifting, pulling, pushing, bending sideways and twisting also may increase your risk of a herniated disc. If a bulging or herniated disc press on the main nerve that travels down your leg, it can cause sciatica – sharp, shooting pain through the buttock and back of the leg. Many people get better in a month or two with conservative treatment. Good posture reduces the pressure on your spine and discs. Maintain a healthy weight.

Ayurveda treatment objectives are to alleviate pain symptoms and prevent further degenerative changes of discs and vertebrae. There are various therapies (as sessions of 7/14/21 days) that are excellent in the management of degenerative vertebrae/disc problems.

The right therapy and oil coupled with internal medications shall be chosen by the Ayurveda doctor after a detailed consultation/examination of the patient. In chronic cases, a set of five therapies may be prescribed which effectively prevent degenerative changes of discs and vertebrae and relieve from the symptoms.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurvedic practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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