This is one of the commonest conditions treated by Osteopaths. Back pain is really a symptom which can be caused by a huge number of different conditions. This is why the case history and physical examination that Osteopaths carry out is so important. Finding the source of the pain is an essential first step to resolving it. Back pain can come from disc problems such as herniation or prolapse; facet joint injury, osteoarthritis, congenital or traumatic displacement of vertebrae, pelvic strains involving sacro iliac joints or the symphasis pubis; hip inflammation or arthritis. muscle problems, neural dynamic problems (eg sciatica) and many other causes. Back pain is complex because it can also relate to current or past problems in other parts of the body.
The neck is the most mobile part of the spine and is vulnerable to trauma such as whiplash injuries. Pain can also arise due to prolonged computer use or other situations of prolonged immobility.
The changes that occur during pregnancy put a huge strain on the spine and pelvis. If this load is not spread evenly pain can result. The gentle drug-free techniques of osteopathy are a safe and effective way of treating this condition
Long hours at a desk working at a computer often causes physical pain. Stiffness can build up in neck, shoulders, arms and lower back due to lack of normal movement. This can cause aching and also pins and needles or tingling due to pressure on nerves from tight muscles in the neck and shoulder.
One of the commonest causes of headaches can be relieved by improving mobility in the neck and releasing muscle tension in cranial and cervical muscles
Osteopathy is an effective treatment for sports injuries such muscle pulls, ligament strains and tendon injuries. Osteopaths can also use wide ranging physical examination to help find the underlying cause of recurring injuries.
Nerves need to be able to move as the body changes position. If a nerve becomes trapped movements will cause strain through the nerve. This causes numbness, pins and needles, pain or muscle spasms. Trauma, muscle tightness or disc problems can all cause nerve entrapment.
Osteo arthritis is caused by wearing of the smooth cartilage surfaces of joints. Osteopathy can relieve the effects this process has on muscle tissue. These muscular side effects can cause much of the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
Surgery places unusual physical strains on the body’s framework. The necessary use of muscle relaxants leaves joints vulnerable to injury. Strains can occur due to pressure from surgical procedures during operations or when a patient is moved before or after an operation
Not all problems can be cured. Many people with ongoing pain find that a regular monthly treatment from an Osteopath can reduce symptoms and make life more bearable
The sacro iliac joints are found between the bones of the pelvis at the base of the spine. They form the junction between the lower back and the legs, a major point of stress. Osteopaths have many techniques for treating this area