Back Pain

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Osteopaths are well-known for being experts in the treatment of back pain. There are now guidelines published by the NHS, which have shown manual therapy including osteopathy to be an effective treatment in non-specific low back pain lasting over 6 weeks but less than a year. It is encouraging to see evidence based research highlighting the benefits of osteopathy, although the experiences of many osteopaths and patients are more encouraging still!

Back pain may be caused by many different factors and combinations of them. In most cases there is a structural reason for the problem usually involving damage to the muscles, ligaments and bones and how they work together. This can be made worse by postural imbalances, bad layout of office equiptment,  poor seating, prolonged activity, lifting awkward or heavy objects, etc.

Sometimes the problem may be caused by damage to a disc and could also involve irritation to a nerve causing pain to radiate across your buttock and into your leg. Other reasons for backache include wear and tear and the process of disease.

Your osteopath will ask you in depth questions about when the problem started and how it affects you? All this information is useful and combined with a physical examination, will assist in forming a diagnosis of what is causing the pain.