Back pain is one of the most common complaints osteopaths will see patients for. It is estimated that almost half of the UK adult population will report back pain which lasts more than 24 hours at some point each year.
The reasons for back pain are many and varied, but having a previous history of back pain, doing heavy or repetitive work, having poor posture, being overweight, stressed, anxious or depressed can all contribute to it and in some cases maintain it too.
Back pain, especially when long term, can impact hugely on your life at work, home and with relationships. It is estimated that around 8% of those with acute back pain will go on to develop chronic back pain. For this reason it is advisable to start treatment early, to reduce pain, improve function and get your life back.
Osteopathy can help alleviate back pain by the use of hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation, stretching and electrotherapy. This can help to lessen spasm, enhance movement and reduce pain and stiffness in muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. The osteopath will also give you advice to follow to lessen symptoms and may prescribe exercises to perform to help both stretch and strengthen your body. They may advise on work station ergonomics, hot-cold treatments, sitting postures, supports and much more. Everything will be tailored to you and your individual needs.
Osteopathic treatment is recommended by The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the effective treatment and management for non-specific low back pain. If you have had symptoms for more than six weeks the NICE guidelines state that your GP can make you aware of osteopathy as one of the effective treatment options.
Read more here at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence