What is back pain?
Research has shown that back pain affects up to 60% of the UK’s population during some stage in our lives. The NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs but even more money is lost through workplace absence due to overwhelming back aches and pains. Your spine is made from bones which is extremely difficult to damage, however, the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tissues can be strained or injured easily which can cause discomfort and pain. Back pain may also cause symptoms in other areas such as, the buttocks, groin, hips, arms and legs (known as sciatica). Problems in the spine may also cause a wide variety of symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, pins and needles, numbness, muscle weakness and many more.
How does osteopathy help?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosing and treating medical conditions that focus on the structure and the functioning of the whole body. It’s based on the idea that your overall health and wellbeing depend on your musclo-skeletal system (bones, muscles, ligaments and soft connective tissues) all working together coherently and inter-related rather than addressing a specific illness or symptom. Osteopaths are trained professionals who focus on detecting, treating and preventing health problems mainly by using joint movement, mobilisation, stretching and massage.
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What will happen during the appointment?
During your initial consultation we will take time to discuss your case history, how the pain is affecting your life, how long you’ve had it and what activities make it better or worse as well as conducting a thorough physical examination to assess your posture and mobility. From there we will talk you through our findings and devise an appropriate treatment plan. Our treatments are always tailored to suit the individual’s needs and include a variety of techniques including gentle manipulations, joint mobilisations & articulation, soft-tissue massage, stretching muscles & exercise prescription. This wide range of techniques work to release tension, stretch muscles, mobilise your joints and alleviate pain. Part of the treatment can be to offer management strategies and advice to prevent your problems from returning. This may also involve teaching you exercises to continue with at home.
It’s important to get an early diagnosis, find out what is wrong and how best to manage it to avoid long term chronic back pain. Our goal is for you to leave our osteopathy clinics with significantly less pain and improved mobility. Each individual’s recovery from back pain is different, mild back injuries are often resolved within a few weeks or at times a few days but more serious back injuries can take up to 6 months to fully alleviate the pain and other symptoms. Many people prefer choosing osteopathy to treat back pain instead of conventional medicine because one of the main benefits of using osteopathy to relieve back pain is that it doesn’t require the use of medications or surgeries and is an honest, evidence based approach.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss your back pain.