Back Pain Treatment At Larch Tree Osteopathic Practice, Coventry
Back pain is very common, almost half the adult population of the UK (49%) report lower back pain for at least 24 hours at some point in the year.
What causes back pain?
In most cases there is a structural reason for the problem, involving injury to one or more of the many structures in the back such as spinal joints, muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves.
Lifestyle is nearly always an important factor that can contribute to back pain. If your occupation involves sitting at a computer all day or lots of driving, you are more likely to experience back pain than other people. Physical factors such as frequent bending, twisting, lifting, repetitive work, static postures and a sudden increase or change in activity can all be bad for your back.
Back pain, in particular persistent back pain, can have a significant impact on your life. It frequently reduces quality of life and adversely affects your family and social relationships. Up to 7% of people with acute back pain will develop choric back pain. For this reason it is important to get early treatment to reduce symptoms and to get advice on what to do to help your back recover as quickly as possible.
How can osteopathy help?
Osteopathy aims to alleviate back pain by improving the function of the spine using soft tissue massage, joint mobilising and muscle stretching techniques to reduce spasm, improve range of movement and reduce pain and stiffness in the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
We will also give you advice on the best exercises to perform, what you can do to help yourself and what to avoid whilst your body is healing.
Manual Therapy (which includes osteopathy) is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the effective treatment and management for non specific lower back pain. If you have 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.