A very common cause of pain and anguish is arthritis. Osteo-arthritis is the most common form and is a condition where the joints of the spine are showing signs of wear and tear. Whether this is through increasing age or due to previous injury almost any joint of the body can be affected.
Osteopathic treatment is directed at improving mobility and reducing inflammation and pain. We also aim to reduce the mechanical load reaching the damaged areas.
Back pain is a very common problem. Reports suggest 8 out of 10 of us will suffer from it at some point in our lives. Around 5.6 million working days in the UK are lost each year due to back pain. Back pain can affect anyone at any age and is often the result of a sprain or strain of the structures in the back such as muscles, ligaments, joints or discs. Osteo-arthritic changes or wear and tear in the back can also be a cause.
It can be extremely painful and debilitating but it is important to note it is not usually serious and will often resolve slowly on its own over a few weeks. However, osteopathic treatment can help to reduce symptoms more quickly and prevent back pain from becoming a chronic/long term condition, which can happen if patients are left to try and deal with it themselves.
It can be caused by lifting awkwardly or by an accident. Sometimes it can come on without any specific injury. Stress, depression, posture, being overweight, sedentary living and poor lifestyle habits can be major contributing factors.
Symptoms range from stiffness, tenderness and mild to severe pain. It can come on suddenly or over time and be located anywhere in the spine from neck to pelvis. Sometimes pressure from the back onto nerves can cause pain or pins and needles or numbness in the legs and arms.
There is now good quality evidence supporting the beneficial effects of manipulation for back pain and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends osteopathy for sub-acute and chronic back pain. We use a range of gentle manual treatments depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. We may gently massage the soft tissues of your back or rhythmically rock the joints to release tension and sometimes we may gently manipulate the back to loosen the joints and you may hear a click.
Treatment will be different in every individual and may involve treating other areas of the body that are contributing to the problem.
Advice is given on lifestyle especially if we feel something you are doing repetitively may be the cause for your pain. Also advice on posture and exercises can be given.
Whilst I have a keen interest in back pain, we do also treat all other joints in the body including shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees and feet.
Whether affected by repetitive strains, sports injuries or arthritis, osteopathic treatment can help ease these symptoms.
The physical changes experienced in pregnancy can lead to a number of symptoms, including sciatica, back pain, pelvic pain, shoulder stiffness, headaches, indigestion and heartburn.
Osteopathic treatment can gently help alleviate these symptoms by enabling the body to adapt to the postural changes and stresses that happen throughout the pregnancy and after giving birth.
Throughout treatment great care is taken to ensure the safety of both mother and baby.
These can affect all age groups and every area of the body. From relieving pains and strains to increasing flexibility, osteopathy offers effective and lasting treatment to ensure a quick return to fitness.
Advice can also be given regarding rehabilitation exercises.
Symptoms such as sciatica, pins and needles, numbness and even some headaches can be alleviated by osteopathic manipulations and soft tissue techniques.
Advice on posture and exercise is given to help prevent the likelihood of repeated bouts of pain.