Dietary Management of Backache
Damage to spinal discs, pressure on
nerves, misalignment or inflammation of
joints, damaged ligaments, or diseased vertebrae can all lead to backache. Other
common causes include pregnancy, a bad sitting posture, a bed which does not
support your body correctly, a job which involves lifting heavy objects, or
suddenly taking up a new sporting activity. A good chiropractor or osteopath
should be able to cure most forms of backache, but in the long term a healthy
diet may prevent it occurring in the first place.
There are no nutritional 'cure' for backache, though the increased strain that
obesity puts on the spine may contribute to the problem and a sensible programme
diet and exercise to
lose weight may help to ease the pain.
By ensuring that your diet contains all the nutrients needed for healthy
muscles you can also reduce the risks of developing back problems.
Protein helps to build up the strong muscle tissue that your back needs, while
B vitamins, particularly niacin, strengthen and nourish nerve tissues.
Liver and oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel and salmon, are good
sources of niacin an
vitamin D, which aids the body's absorption of calcium
and is important in developing and maintaining healthy bones and nerves. A
twice weekly 100g (3½ oz) helping of any oily fish will provide you with the
equivalent of the recommended weekly intake of both these vitamins, while the
fatty acids that the fish contain can help to suppress inflammation, and so
reduce pains in the joints.
helps to keep the bones strong and healthy and is required for proper
utilization of calcium. The best food sources of it include green
leafy vegetables such as kale, parsley, spinach and broccoli. Smaller
amounts are found in milk and other
dairy products, meat, eggs, cereal,
fruits and other
Cabbage, guavas, papaya and kiwi fruit are all excellent sources of
vitamin C, needed for the development and maintenance of strong bones and a
healthy nervous system. the daily recommended intake of vitamin C for an adult
is 40mg– this is about as much as you would get from eating two portions of
cabbage, a mango, a small papaya or half a guava. However, smokers need twice
is an essential component of bone formation. It aids in effective
utilization of proteins in the body and is therefore vital for tissue repair
and tissue formation. Good food sources include Liver, fish oil, eggs, milk
fortified with vitamin A; red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, many
dark-green, leafy vegetables.
Joints need to keep moving to stay healthy. So whether you want to relieve
back pain now or help to prevent it in the future, one of the best things you
can do is to keep active.
Foods to avoid
Avoid foods that have been fried, are spicy and fatty.
Sugar condiments, curd sweetmeats, coffee, and tea are to be avoided as
well. If you are suffering from backache it is wise to cut down on coffee and
tea and any other drink containing caffeine as this relatively mild stimulant
narrows the smallest blood vessels at the tip of the arteries. This reduce the
flow of blood and nutrients carried in the blood to the spinal tendons, which
may slow the healing process.
that contain few nutrients should also be struck from the diet meant to
cure or prevent backache.
Certain food remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of
The most important of these is the use of garlic. Two or three capsules of
this vegetable should be taken daily in the morning. It will give good
results. Oil prepared from garlic and rubbed on the back will give great
relief. This oil is prepared by frying 10 cloves of garlic in 60 grams of oil
in a frying pan. They should be fried
slowly till they are brown. After it is
cooled, it should be applied vigorously on the back and allowed to remain
there for three hours. The patient may thereafter have a warm water bath. This
treatment should be continued for at least 15 days.
Lemon is another useful remedy for backache. The juice of this fruit
should be mixed with common salt and taken by the patient. It will give
The use of chebulic myroblan is also beneficial in the treatment of
backache. A piece of this herb should be taken after meals. This will give
Persistent backache is a common problem, especially with increasing age. But it
is important to consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis, as the pain could be
the symptom of a more serious disorder, such as
osteoporosis or, in rare cases,
Dated 21 June 2013