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Can Osteopathy help with Back Pain?
Osteopathy is the treatment of choice for many people because of its proven record in providing effective treatment. It is also recommended for the treatment of back pain by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). Back treatment from Avenue Osteopathic Practice, not only treats the immediate problem, but can correct long term symptoms and prevent new problems developing in the future.
“I have suffered from a bad back now for over five years… I truly recommend Mike as a superb Osteopath, and his level of professionalism is second to none.”
The osteopath’s role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient’s mobility in order to make life more comfortable. Osteopathy is an appropriate treatment for people of all ages, and levels of activity, who suffer from back pain. Whether the pain has arisen through a lifting accident, sports injury or a fall, or even the result of poor posture, osteopathic treatment can be very effective in treating all these problems.
The expert techniques used at Avenue Osteopathic Practice can help back pain by restoring movement to the joints with a gentle rhythmic articulation, gently massaging tight and restricted muscles and releasing locked joints with HVTs (High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrusts). At the end of the session, the osteopath will give guidance on simple self-help methods to use at home. Most patients feel immediate relief and a course of up to three or four treatments is all that is usually required for long term resolution.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain is often caused by inflammation or restriction in at least one of the facet joints that run down either side of the spine. This can be the result of a sudden movement, trauma, overdoing it in the gym or garden, or falling asleep in an awkward position; for example, in front of the television. A more serious cause of back pain is a bulging disc (herniated disc). This may be the result of damage caused by an impact such as a road traffic accident or increased pressure due to overuse, for example, lifting a heavy weight, or simply by the natural ageing process. Muscle spasm in the back can also be responsible for producing pain and discomfort. Both facet joint inflammation and bulging discs can lead to pressure trapping spinal nerves, resulting in nerve pain like sciatica in the legs or pain in the arm and hands.
Back pain can do more than just give you symptoms in the back. It can create difficulties with walking, sitting, bending and lifting and can sometimes lead to depression. It can also be the cause of pain in the buttocks, groin or legs (commonly called sciatica). Hip, knee and foot problems can also lead to back pain.
Lower back pain has reached epidemic proportions in the western world. Research shows that 60% of the UK’s population will suffer from back pain at some stage during their lives.
Diagnosing Your Back Symptoms
As described above, there are a number of reasons people develop back pain. A correct diagnosis of the problem is essential as each condition is treated with different techniques. At Avenue Osteopathic Practice you are always given a full diagnosis that will be explained to you at your first assessment. This diagnosis will be made after a full examination and tests have been carried out by the osteopath. Only after this process has been completed will a treatment plan be started, or referral for further examination, e.g. MRI scan, be made.
Pain-killers and Muscle Pain, Do’s and Don’ts
It is never advisable to take pain relief before taking part in high-impact activities or physical work. This is because without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and re-damage your back.
Although it is always better not to take drugs, as they all have side effects, they can be useful in some circumstances. lf back pain is preventing you from sleeping, this can have a serious effect on your whole life, and it is worth a compromise of the side effects of the pain-killers for a good night’s sleep.
Pain-killing drugs can sometimes counteract the effectiveness of other medication you may be taking, and in some cases can be very harmful. Therefore it is important to check with your Doctor or Pharmacist as to whether they are appropriate, or indeed safe.
Some inflammatory conditions will benefit from NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) but again, it must be remembered that they may reduce inflammation, but not the cause of the inflammation. They can also cause stomach problems, in some cases.
Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey – Nearby Towns
Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey is near the towns of Stoneleigh, Ewell, Worcester Park, Epsom, Morden and New Malden.
Tel: 020 8395 1177