What is Back pain?
Back pain that is musculoskeletal in origin is caused by sprains or strains to the structures of the spine eg: ligaments, muscles, vertebral facet joints (where one vertebra articulates with the vertebra above or below) and discs (the shock absorbers between the vertebrae).
Wear and tear (osteoarthritis) can be a factor in back pain and so can become more of a problem with manual labour jobs or age (30-60 being a time where symptoms can present for the first time).
Back pain can present as a result of injury (eg lifting awkwardly) or can be contributed to with postural tension, stress, depression, or sedentary lifestyle choices.
How can Osteopathy help Back Pain?
There is increasing research that indicates Osteopathy is good for back pain. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends Osteopathy for persistent back pain.
Osteopathy is a manual therapy aimed to improve function of the spine and its surrounding soft tissues and therefore promotion of self-recovery and healing. At Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy we also will provide individual rehabilitation exercises to help prevent and manage chronic back pain.
Initially, your Osteopath will assess you to diagnose the structure causing your back pain, and then appropriate advice will be given to help you manage your pain. Osteopathic treatment according to the diagnosis given will then be carried out and help you back to well-being.
Remember, getting the initial diagnosis is key to determining how you manage your back pain, be it acute or chronic. Back pain can be very distressing and greatly affect quality of life and mind.
Should you or a member of you family be suffering from pain please contact Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy for advice and help. 02089776396 or firstname.lastname@example.org