Back pain do you have to put up with it and what are the options.
Back pain is a common complaint for which it is estimated almost half of the population will suffer at some point each year.
The reasons for it are many and varied, but having a previous history of back pain, doing heavy or repetitive work, having poor posture, being overweight, stressed or depressed, can all contribute.
Back pain can be scary and can greatly impact on your life at work and at home. Around 8% of those with short term back pain will go on to develop long term issues, if left untreated.
Help is at hand though and there is no need to suffer in silence. It is also important to appreciate that age is also not a barrier to receiving treatment. Just because you are older, does not mean you have to put up with it. Yes we cannot reverse what wear and tear there is, but there is a lot that can still be improved upon. Age is simply not a reason, on its own, to not be free to continue the activities you enjoy.
Osteopathy is one option which may help alleviate back pain by the use of hands on techniques such as massage, stretching, articulation of joints and electrotherapy. It is recommended by The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the effective treatment and management for non-specific low back pain. http://bit.ly/1WPffbs
Acupuncture may also bring relief via the insertion of needles into specific points to provide relief of pain and improved function. http://bit.ly/1MgaVdQ
Use of hot and cold packs may alleviate symptoms, reduce swelling and relax muscles.
Exercise, diet and weight management plans can also assist in management of long term conditions.
Exercise programmes can work to improve the muscle support, strengthen the spine and optimise postural control.
At Broadwater Osteopathic Practice, 70% of the patients we treat attend due to back pain, so you are not alone. We pride ourselves in our ‘detection work’ to find out what is causing you’re pain.
Our team will be with you every step of the way and will guide you on your recovery BACK to health! We aim to not only get you out of pain, but to keep you there too!