Treatment for Back Pain

How we use Osteopathy to treat your Back Pain?

Why is Osteopathic Medicine the best treatment for back pain and spinal strain?

 

Osteopathic philosophy emphasises that each part of the body is connected to another. Therefore pain in one area will affect other areas of the body and it is essential to ensure the whole body is working at the optimal capacity. 

Osteopaths do this without resorting to drugs or surgery. More and more people are turning to osteopathy in order to address the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.

Osteopathy provides a holistic treatment for back pain using diverse techniques to relieve pain and treat a variety of problems.

 

These techniques include:

  • Massage – by freeing the joints and muscles affected by back pain, massage can be used to restore the whole body's vitality. Osteopaths also use traction, where your head, feet, and hands are lifted and gently pulled to relieve stress.

  • Joint manipulation – used to realign a joint in order to restore movement. Patients with back pain often have restricted vertebral joints.

  • Muscle Energy Technique – using the patients own muscle contraction to apply a counterforce by the osteopath to relax and lengthen the muscle.

  • Counterstrain Technique – allowing the restricted joint to relax in a position of greater comfort.

  • Cranial Osteopathy – gentle bodywork using the cranio-sacral rythm to alleviate pain and stress.

What OsteopathsTreat

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Patients can visit an osteopath for the following back conditions:

  • Generalised aches and pains: acute low back pain, and chronic back pain.

  • Arthritic or Rheumatic Joint pain – affecting the joints; ankles, feet, knees, shoulders, hands etc.

  • Sciatica – the irritation or compression of the “sciatic nerve” located at the lower part of the back.

  • Pregnancy back pain – lower back pain caused by the fact that the spine has to support the weight of the growing baby.

  • Posture problems caused not only by pregnancy but also by driving or prolonged sitting at work

  • Muscular tension; can be caused by poor postural habits or stress.

  • Neck pain and shoulder pain; frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injuries

  • Mechanical back pain; abnormal stress placed on the muscles of the spinal column, often caused from poor posture, incorrect bending and lifting weights.

  • Spinal disc problems – caused by the many stresses the spine has to sustain. Often these problems lead to lower back pain, numbness, and weakness.

  • Sporting injuries; can be caused by accidents, not warming up properly, or using inappropriate equipment.

  • Osteoarthritis; 'wear and tear', a form of arthritis (joint disease) that results from breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. Most of us will have some osteoarthritis in one or more joints over the age of 40.

  • Headaches and migraines; can be caused by poor postural habits, too much computer/desk work and/or stress. 

  • Digestive problems – including unpleasant symptoms such as constipation, nausea, abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, bloating, fatigue, etc.

How does Medical Acupuncture treat Back Pain?

Acupuncture can be a successful go-to therapy for chronic back pain. It can apply to either lower or upper back pain.

Research shows that it could be helpful for many people. It could even be better for back pain than certain medications.

The efficacy of acupuncture is backed by research, and a qualified, well-trained professional, can provide safe treatment.

Points for upper back pain (also called thoracic back pain) are usually different. These are found on the head, neck, shoulders, and upper back.

By stimulating these points, parts of the nervous system are also stimulated to relieve pain. Acupuncture can also provide pain relief from other similar neuromuscular issues for which there may not be too many pain remedy options.

These include:

  • headaches

  • fibromyalgia

  • musculoskeletal pain

  • post-surgery recovery

  • sciatica

  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)

Some acupuncture points for lower back pain are:

  • back of the knees points

  • foot points

  • lower back points

  • hand points

  • hip points

  • stomach points

Due to its holistic view towards the musculoskeletal system, osteopathy encourages the body to work effectively as a whole. The basic principle of osteopathic medicine is that all body parts are interconnected. That is why by using osteopathy to treat back pain patients may experience improvements in maintaining the health of other parts of the body such as the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems.