Back pain is a very common problem, with as many as eight out of ten of us suffering from it at some point during our lives. Back pain can affect anyone at any age, and can often be the result of a sprain or a strain of the structures of the back such as the muscles, ligaments, joints or damage to the discs. Osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the back can also be a reason.
Back pain can be painful and often inconvenient, but it’s not usually serious and can resolve on its own within a few weeks. However, many people seek osteopathic treatment to alleviate the pain more quickly. Osteopaths are skilled at helping prevent back pain from becoming a chronic, long-term condition.
How can an Osteopath help?
- Osteopaths are well known for treating back pain and patients report high satisfaction with treatment. There is good quality evidence supporting the beneficial effects of manipulation for back pain and the National Institutes for Clinical Excellence recommends osteopathy for sub-acute and chronic low back pain
- Osteopaths can use a wide range of gentle manual treatments depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. We may gently massage the soft tissues of your back or rhythmically “rock” the joints to release tension and sometimes we may gently manipulate the back to loosen the joints and you may hear a “click”
- Treatment is different in every individual and sometimes it might involve treating other areas in the body such as the hips or neck
- We may offer advice on your lifestyle particularly if we feel something you are doing repetitively is part of the reason why you have back pain. We may offer advice on your posture and give advice on diet and exercise or give you specific exercises.
Links to Leaflets
This is produced by NICE and explains what you can do to help you
recover from low back pain and return to your
normal activities as soon as possible.
If you are unsure that your problem can be helped by Louise, please ring her for advice. If Louise can not treat your problem or you need referring back to your doctor without treatment on your initial consultation, Louise will not charge you for that consultation.