Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal system is an organ system in the human body that gives us the ability to move and gives it form and stability.

Musculoskeletal disorders are caused by inflammation of the tissue lining the joints and this can cause damage to vital body parts like the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves and may ultimately affect the functioning and overall efficiency of the human system.

The main symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders include: numbness or a burning sensation in the hand, swelling or stiffness in the joints, redness, heat, pain in wrists, forearms, elbows, neck, or back, reduced grip strength in the hand and difficulty in moving the shoulder, neck, or back among others.

Ayurveda considers vitiation of vata dosha to be responsible for muscoskeletal disorders. The vata vitiation is a result of several factors including improper sitting postures, lifting of heavy loads, sitting in the same position and sudden shift in postures among others.

We deal here with a few of the more common musculoskeletal disorders including Arthritis, Backache, Frozen shoulder and Gout

Ayurveda & Musculoskeletal Disorders

Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis lays emphasis on the use of herbal medicines. These herbal medicines have been found effective and are time tested and proven.Ayurvedic treatment for backache lays utmost emphasis on the use of several medicinal herbs. These have been proven effectively over the years. Amongst the various types of oils sesame oil is the most frequently used in ayurveda for treating back pains. The various constituents present in the sesame oil have anti-oxidant and anti-depressant properties, which help to bring about a sense of well being.

Ayurvedic treatment for frozen shoulder, apart from the panchakarma treatments and rejuvenation treatments, also necessitates the application of heat to the shoulder joint. This is particularly helpful in reducing pain and stiffness. Herbal oils are applied on the affected joint followed by a localized steam fomentation of medicines Ayurveda treatment for gout includes following a diet regime during and after the treatment. Patients should consume large quantities of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. The patients suffering from gout should besides, consume wheat, green gram, raisins, ginger, milk etc. Consumption of fish, dried horse gram, dhal, curds, radish, mushrooms etc should be discouraged. Alcohol consumption and smoking should also be strictly avoided.

The great benefit with a majority of this herbal medicine preparation is that these can be done at our homes itself on the prescription and advice of an ayurveda physician. These, however, are not to be taken without the prescription from an ayurveda doctor as it is only the ayurveda doctor who can prescribe the medicine after a careful analysis of the patient and the intensity of the disease.

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Arthritis

Backache

Frozen Shoulders

Gout

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