CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP BACK PAIN?

IS BACK PAIN COMMON?

 

Back pain is a very common problem, which evidence suggests is likely to affect approximately eight out of ten of us at some point in our lives. Back pain accounts for more lost work days than any condition other than stress. It can affect both men and women, regardless of age. Back pain can be felt anywhere in the spine, but the lower back is the most commonly affected region.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF BACK PAIN? 

There are a number of different causes of back pain including problems with the muscles, ligaments, spinal joints, and intervertebral discs. Conditions such as arthritis can also affect the spine. Workplace and lifestyle factors can often have an impact on back pain. At Health Point Practice we offer a hands-on approach to treating back pain including deep tissue massage, stretching, manipulation as well as medical acupuncture (dry needling) and individually selected rehabilitation exercises. 

 

In addition to hands-on treatment, your Osteopath is able to prescribe tailored exercises, as well as giving lifestyle and postural advice to help you get back to full health as soon as possible, and help prevent future problems from occurring.

HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP? 

Osteopaths complete four years of Musculoskeletal training, which allows them to diagnose the cause of back problems. They are also able to do referrals if further investigations are needed. Osteopaths diagnose by carrying out a detailed case history of your problem, by observing your posture, and by assessing the muscle tone and movements of your spine. They frequently assess the function of other joints such as hips and ankles, to assess whether problems in these areas are having an impact on your back pain. See how we can help you today.

HOW TO HELP WITH BACK PAIN?

  1. Try and stay active, resting for long periods is likely to make the pain worse

  2. Try doing some light exercise such as swimming, walking, light stretching or yoga

  3. Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers (NSAID’s) – check your suitable to take the medication first

  4. Using a hot or cold pack for some short-term relief.  A hot water bottle, bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth and applied to the affected area. 

  5. If the pain does not improve by itself it you may need to see your GP or a healthcare professional such as an Osteopath, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist.

  6. You should consult a specialist if you are experiencing low back pain with leg pain, numbness and tingling in the leg, weakness in your leg or bowel or bladder problems 

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