EVALUATION OF EFFECTIVENESS OF VARMAM IN THE SYMPTOMATIC MANAGEMENT OF THANDAGAVADAM
Keywords:Varmam, Thandagavadam, Low back pain, Oswestry questionnaire
Low back pain and disability are chronic conditions, which are common in 70% of patients, who initially improve but experience repeated fluctuating pain episodes. Thandagavadam (Low back pain) characterised by pain in low back region with or without radiating to the lower limbs. It is a multi-factorial disease. Even though the contemporary western strategies offer effective symptomatic relief in the acute phase, they are associated with high cost and many adverse reactions when taken for long periods. Hence there is a need for treatment procedure which compensates all these lacunae. Varmam is traditional non-invasive approach advocated in Siddha system and is highly affordable. Moreover, immediate pain relief is possible by manipulation of Varmam points. It is a highly effective treatment methodology for low back pain and other painful musculoskeletal conditions. However, there is only limited evidence that exhibits and documents the efficiency of Varmam on low back pain. Hence we would like to prove the therapeutic benefits of Varmam techniques in reducing pain and discomfort in low back pain patients. The sample consists of 10 patients of middle age group residing in Chennai. The Outcome of the study of Thandagavadam is assessed by visual analogue scale (VAS) and Oswestry disability scores.The study show edpromising result and using Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test statistical analytical methods, the inference of the study proved the effectiveness of Varmam treatment in Thandagavadam.
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