What is Back Pain?
Did you know that as many as 8 out of 10 of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives? Back pain can be painful and debilitating and can even lead to sufferers needing to take time off from their work. The pain may also cause them to give up hobbies or sports that they enjoy.
There are many causes of back pain and it can affect anyone of any age or gender. It can often be the direct result of a sprain, damage to the disks, or straining of the structures that make up the back – such as muscles, ligaments and joints.
Lifestyle factors can also play a part in causing back pain. Bad posture, lack of exercise and being overweight can contribute, as can stress. Back pain can be a short term problem or a long term chronic condition.
How we can help you
Osteopaths can use a wide range of treatments to help you to deal with your back pain before it becomes a chronic, long term condition. Getting back pain treated quickly means that you can get back to your everyday life as soon as possible.
Osteopathy is a well-known treatment for back pain and it is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to help with sub-acute and chronic low back pain.
Using gentle massage of the soft tissues of your back and manipulation of your joints we can help to relieve pain in your back. We can also offer advice on exercises and improvements to your posture that you can work on at home. As we look at your body as a whole the treatment for your back may also include doing some work on other areas such as your neck or hips.
We will also look at your general lifestyle and discuss any factors that may be contributing to your back pain. We will advise you on diet and exercise and also look at the effect that your posture may be having on your back.
We may ask for other tests to help with our diagnosis such as x-rays or scans. If we feel you need additional treatment or further investigations we will always refer you to your GP.