Osteopathy for Lower Back Pain

Osteopathy for Lower Back Pain

Osteopaths can treat both acute ( new pain)  and chronic ( long lasting ) lower back pain.

Osteopathy is a conservative hands on diagnostic and treatment system. It focuses on the overall structure and function of your body. It is based on the idea that the proper functioning of your body, including bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues is critical to your overall health and well-being.

Osteopaths use a diverse range of gentle hands-on techniques to relieve tension and improve your body’s movement. These are intended to relieve your pain in the short term and develop strategies to provide long term pain relief. That is aiming to keep it from returning.


Symptoms of lower back pain

People who suffer from back pain report a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild discomfort and tightness to severe, relentless pain. Some people’s nerves may be irritated and pinched, causing numbness in their legs, while others experience pins and needles or lose control of specific muscles.

Unfortunately, severe back pain can strike suddenly. There are often some warning signs that your back is in need of attention. Feelings of stiffness, restricted movement or tightness can occur in the days, weeks, or months preceding a sudden attack of back pain. Pay attention to the subtle symptoms of the body’s early warning signs that something is wrong.

People’s movement is frequently hampered in addition to their pain. Bending and twisting or simple action like getting out of a chair may become more complex, and any activity becomes problematic when the pain is severe.

Osteopathy for Lower Back Pain

Causes of lower back pain

Acute pain lasts for a short period of time, 1-4 weeks, whereas chronic pain lasts for more than 3-6 months.

Lower back pain can be caused by a number of structures, systems, and events in the past, including:

  • Overuse of specific muscles, joints, and ligaments, whether from repetitive motions at work, lifting your child, or participating in a sport as a child.
  • Heavy lifting with poor technique 
  • In the past, you may have overcompensated. For instance, you may have sprained your ankle, knee, hip, and back or sustained injuries elsewhere on your body.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting
  • Poor fitting footwear, leg length discrepancies.
  • Endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy. 
  • Whiplash, concussions.
  • Scarring from surgeries such as appendectomy, gallbladder removal, hysterectomy, hernia repair, or caesarean section (including laparoscopic interventions).
  • Digestive problems, such as constipation, diarrheas 


Can an osteopath help with lower back pain?

Osteopathy is a non-invasive, effective, and safe treatment for lower back pain.

We take a holistic approach to treating spinal pain rather than focusing solely on the location of the pain. Using an osteopath’s knowledge of how other parts of the body affect the spine biomechanically, we may be able to reduce pain and improve mobility more effectively.

Osteopathy can help with back pain in a variety of ways. This may include soft tissue massage, stretching, strength exercises, heat therapy, ice therapy, ergonomic awareness, mobility exercises, or advice on what to avoid to aid in the recovery of your injury low back pain.

Osteopathic treatment may be beneficial by increasing blood flow to simulate rapid healing, improving tissue elasticity, improving joint mobility, promoting lymphatic drainage and decreasing tissue tension.

Osteopathy for Lower Back Pain

Osteopathic approach for lower back pain 

When assessing your lower back pain, an osteopathic examination is performed. The osteopath’s goal is to relieve or reduce pain, improve movement and function. And help you get back to doing the things you love to do pain free.

During the case history, the osteopath will undertake a full assessment. This may include current and previous injuries, workplace ergonomics, illness, repetitive strain, or previous surgery that may have affected the biomechanics of the spine, pelvis, and hips.

Osteopathy employs a number of techniques to relieve muscle and tendon tension. We will adjust the massage pressure and muscle manipulation to accommodate your pain threshold.

As we evaluate your lifestyle factors, we identify potential triggers for your back pain. We also develop a comprehensive recovery plan that includes exercises you can do at home between osteopathy appointments.

Getting your lower back on track will allow you to enjoy your favourite activities pain-free.


Final thoughts

It is critical to take care of your spine and back at any age. Your spine will be better equipped to deal with the daily strain you put on it if you maintain its strength and flexibility. It will also be less vulnerable to chronic and acute lower back pain conditions.

While massage, pain relievers, and rest can be beneficial, there are numerous structures in the back that can cause pain locally and frequently; the underlying problems can be complicated.

It is always best to have your back pain evaluated by a professional osteopath in order to correctly diagnose and treat the underlying causes.


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