Did you know that Bursitis happens more frequently with age? The older you get, the more likely you will experience this unfortunate and debilitating condition.
While that may seem like bad news, the good news is that there are ways to alleviate the inflammation and pain.
Treating bursitis naturally can be achieved through Ayurvedic healing. A dedicated Ayurvedic practitioner can assist you, and prescribe remedies to put you back in good health. Find out more about Ayurvedic Bursitis treatment for both inflammation and pain below!
First of all, if you have bursitis, it means that you have an inflammation of one or more of your bursa near one of your joints. Simply put, a bursa is a little cushion in between your bones and your soft tissue. Bursitis occurs when the fluid inside the bursa increases, and the sac becomes irritated or inflamed and causes pain.
One of the most common causes of Bursitis is the overuse of one of your joints. This can be from repetitive motion related to your work, or even from exercise or playing sports. Even an activity like gardening can bring on a bout of bursitis.
Other risk factors include being overweight and having conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Sometimes an injury or infection of the bursa causes Bursitis. If you think you have Bursitis, be sure to see your doctor first to be properly diagnosed.
If you have experienced swelling around one of your joints that’s red and warm to the touch, you may have Bursitis. It’s often accompanied by localized pain and stiffness, too, that gets worse at night–though some patients only will experience only tenderness without swelling. Some of the commonly affected areas on the body are the knees, elbows, hips, and shoulders, though it is possible to have it in other areas where there are joints.
Generally, professionals advise using the R.I.C.E method to treat Bursitis: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If you’ve got an infected bursa, you may also need antibiotics. Naturally treating bursitis with Ayurveda is another option to consider, since it complements Western medicine.
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic (whole-body) healing system that originated in India. One of the key principles of Ayurveda is balance, and treatment focuses on restoring this between the mind, body, and spirit. Practitioners believe that the body has five elements within, made of fire, air, water, earth, and space.
The unique blend of these elements in each person is called a dosha, and there are three different kinds: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It’s said that they affect how you age, how you grow, as well as your health and potential for certain diseases. Disorders in the dosha can throw your body off-balance, and you need to restore them for optimum health.
One of the most effective ways to relieve bursitis pain is to get an ayurvedic massage. For example, an Abhyanga massage is a special type that utilizes not just massage, but also herbs and oil. The therapist will apply an oil that is a good match for your dosha and will use it along with the herbs to ease pain and inflammation.
Another potential treatment is called Pottali Sweda. This practice is done by heating a ball of herbs and oil and then placing it on the affected area while rubbing it over the skin in a soothing motion. This special mixture can help induce sweating which in turn will help get rid of toxins and allow healing in the body.
You may go on a Panchakarma program to help detoxify the body. This five-part treatment will incorporate massage, herbs, yoga, steam baths, and more. This is done not only to heal the Bursitis but also to bring balance and restore overall good health and harmony within.
A significant part of healing in Ayurveda is done through diet. Treatment begins by making suggestions to help add or subtract certain foods in order to promote well-being. Special herbs like Rasna, Sunthi, Sallaki, Eranda, and Gulggulu can also be used to alleviate the symptoms of Bursitis.
Though it may be painful, it is important to keep some movement in the affected area. Otherwise, the joint will stiffen up and become even more difficult to move. Recovery requires good circulation and motion for the whole body for balanced energy.
While you should avoid high-impact exercise, a low-impact exercise such as yoga will facilitate the healing process. The gentle stretching and deep breathing associated with yoga are complementary to an ayurvedic program. Your Ayurvedic practitioner can suggest special asanas (or poses) that are tailored to your particular needs.
If you were wondering how to treat bursitis, now you know that you can use the natural healing powers of Ayurveda. Your practitioner can put together a special Bursitis treatment program that will not only address the pain of your condition but also help restore overall balance to your body. By utilizing a particular combination of yoga, a special diet, herbs, detoxification, and massage, you can be put on the path to wellness again.
If you want to begin your journey back to good health, contact us here. You have the option of making an in-person appointment or telehealth consultation that is safe and easy. Get rid of your Bursitis and start feeling better today with the help of Ayurveda!