Although relatively common, back pain can be extremely debilitating and is one of the main reasons for absenteeism in the UK.
In any mechanical structure or system, the main areas of potential weakness and compromise are the junctional areas – the joints. The spine is made up of a large number of joints which are necessary to give it its movement and flexibility however this structure also leaves it vulnerable to aches, pains and tweaks.
Back pain can be caused by a ‘one-off’ event where bending over, lifting, or twisting can result in strains and muscle spasms in the joints and connective tissues of the back causing acute pain and discomfort.
Back pain can also be related to a continuous, sedentary posture, such as slouching at a desk all day, which puts prolonged pressure on the joints, ligaments and muscles of the spine leading to irritation, sensitivity and pain.
The majority of back problems are non-serious, short-lived (acute), muscle strains or minor joint inflammations which respond well to osteopathic treatment – including mobilisations, manipulations and massage – and generally resolve in 2-4 treatments.
Disc sprains and herniations (‘slipped discs’) tend to be more serious and therefore take longer to heal. They can also respond well to osteopathic treatment and advice however they are likely to require a longer treatment plan.
Longer-term (chronic) problems are generally managed by a combination of hands-on treatment along with recommendations and advice on exercise and lifestyle factors to address what has led to the problem in the first place.
Our Osteopathy clinic covers areas including March, Ely, Wisbech, Huntingdon, St Ives & Whittlesey and beyond.
Contact us now to book a free 15-minute chat with an Osteopath to see if we could help with your lower back problem.
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