CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP LOW BACK PAIN?
IS LOW 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 various potential causes of back pain, including muscle strains, facet joint issues, degenerative discs, and herniated disc pain which may cause sciatica. Additionally, conditions like arthritis can impact the spine. Factors such as ergonomic setup and lifestyle choices can also contribute to back pain.
At Health Point Practice, we offer a hands-on approach to treating lower back pain. Our Osteopaths use soft tissue massage, stretching, spinal manipulation, medical acupuncture (dry needling). In addition to these treatments, our experienced Osteopaths can prescribe specific exercises and provide lifestyle and postural advice. This comprehensive approach is designed to facilitate a swift return to full health and to help prevent future issues from arising.
If you're experiencing back pain, understanding its underlying causes is crucial for effective treatment. With our range of specialised services, we aim to address these causes directly, providing you with the support and care you need to regain and maintain a healthy, pain-free back.
HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP LOWER BACK PAIN?
Osteopaths undergo extensive four-year University training, and are adept at diagnosing the possible causes of lower back issues. Our expert Osteopaths at Health Point Practice with take a detailed and comprehensive case history to further understand your problem. They will assess posture, and evaluate muscle tone and spinal mobility. They also pay close attention to adjacent joints like hips and ankles to understand their potential impact on lower back discomfort.
TOP TIPS TO HELP WITH LOWER BACK PAIN?
Stay Active: Prolonged rest may exacerbate lower back pain, so try engaging in light activities like swimming, walking, gentle stretching, or yoga.
Consider NSAID's: Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers (NSAID’s) can offer relief. Ensure you're suitable to take this medication after consulting a healthcare professional.
Apply Hot or Cold Packs: Use a hot water bottle or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth for short-term relief to the affected area.
Seek Professional Help: If the pain persists, consulting a healthcare professional such as a GP, Osteopath, Chiropractor, or Physiotherapist is advisable.
Specialist Consultation: If you experience low back pain along with leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness in the leg, or bowel/bladder problems, seeking specialist care is crucial.