Back pain – General Acute & Chronic Backache
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If you’re suffering from back pain, help is available here at Life in Motion Osteopathy clinic.
According to BackCare (the National Back Pain Association), more than 80% of us living in the UK will be affected by back and/or neck pain at some stage in our lives. In fact, musculoskeletal disorders are one of the leading causes of sickness absence from work.
There are many different reasons why you might experience aches and pains in your back. It can be the result of a sprain; repetitive movement; a strain on the muscles, ligaments or joints; or caused by osteoarthritis. Back pain can affect anyone at any age – it’s not a problem that discriminates.
For some people, back pain may self-resolve within a few weeks, but for others, it can progress into a chronic, longer-term problem.
Having osteopathic treatment for back pain can help you address the problem before it gets worse and aid you towards recovery.
How osteopathy can help your back pain
If you’re suffering from back pain, then visiting an osteopath for osteopathic treatment could help you to:
- Manage and improve confidence during movement and activity
- assist with your quality of life
- keep active
- Enjoy your favourite activities
As an osteopath, I can use a wide range of gentle manual treatments, education and rehabilitation with the focus on improving your symptoms and alleviating your pain. The exact treatment will depend on your age, fitness levels and the nature of your back pain.
For example, the soft tissues in your back might benefit from massage and the joints from mobilisation and a need to ‘rock’ or manipulate your joints to reduce restriction and reduce pain.
Sometimes back pain can be relieved by also treating areas of your body such as your hips or neck. You may also have back problems caused by repetitive movements, for example, involved with work or sport. Every case is different.
The key is to treat you as an individual. I will find out as much about your back problems as possible, taking the time to listen to how your back pain is affecting your life, when and how it began, what exercise you enjoy and much more. Together, we will come up with a treatment plan that fits in with your life.
Osteopathic treatment will begin at the first appointment in the majority of cases.
Back pain frequently asked questions
It can happen because of an injury or as the result of an accident. As I’ve mentioned briefly above, back pain can be brought on by lifting or moving something awkwardly. Stress, depression, poor posture, being overweight or living a sedentary lifestyle are all factors associated with back pain too.
Yes, back problems don’t only cause pain in the back. You may also be experiencing pain or discomfort in areas such as your groin, buttocks, hips and legs. We also know that neck and spine problems can cause dizziness, headaches, and jaw alignment issues. A visit to an osteopath can help find the source of these symptoms.
In most cases, back pain manifests as a ‘non-specific’ pain, soreness or stiffness in the back caused by injury, strain or repetitive movement. It’s rare for back pain to be caused by an infection, fracture or disease such as cancer. As your osteopath, I would always take a detailed medical history so that I can keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms regarding your health. If I have any concerns at all about the reasons for your back pain, I would ask to you book an appointment with your GP before commencing your treatment. Equally, if your back pain doesn’t improve with osteopathic treatment, I may recommend further tests to check for any underlying issues.
Osteopathic treatment for back pain isn’t just about what happens during your appointment. I will also give you practical advice and exercises that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine at home to help you manage and improve your back pain.
If you’re experiencing back pain, your instinct may be to stay at home and rest but this can do more harm than good – again, it will depend on your individual case. There is much current research that exercise and activity is very beneficial towards your recovery. I can talk to you about what you believe would be best solution for your recovery.
One of my roles as an osteopath is to support you to be able to manage and improve your back pain so that you can carry on with your normal activities, including work and sport.
Whether or not your back pain reoccurs in the future will depend on your individual case and the causes of the pain. If I feel that there is something you can change within your current lifestyle – such as how you exercise, your posture, diet or repeated activities – I will discuss this with you and give you practical advice that should help to strengthen your back and protect it from future problems.
According to the General Osteopathic Council, around 30,000 people consult an osteopath every day about musculoskeletal problems such as back pain. NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend manipulative therapies including osteopathy for the treatment of low back pain, as well as general acute and chronic backache. The NHS also states on the NHS Choices website that there is “good evidence that osteopathy is effective in treating persistent lower back pain”.
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