Back Pain & Osteopathy

The back, including the spine, is made up of 26 vertebrae, 12 of which have attached ribs. Attaching on to the spine we have muscles and ligaments around it to protect our vital organs. Our spine is categorized into 5 sections- the cervical spine (neck), the thoracic spine (mid back) and the lumbar spine (lower back) and the sacrum and coccyx (Sitting bone). Back pain can start in two ways- suddenly (acute) usually from a specific event or gradually over time (chronic).

Osteopathy treatment for back pain is an effective way get you out of pain and back doing the things you love. Below you can learn more about a common back condition that Osteopaths treat.

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    Disc Herniation

    Disc herniation (commonly referred to as a prolapsed or slipped disc) is where the rubbery cushions (discs) bulges out. Symptoms such pain on sudden movements such as coughing and muscle spasms. This can be caused by gradual degenerative changes of the joint or a sudden movement such as bending or lifting. Pain down the back of the leg is referred to as sciatica. Sciatica is commonly associated with a disc injury, but can also be caused as a result of a tight muscle in the buttocks, compressing on the Sciatic nerve.

    Your Osteopath can help with your disc herniation and by using a variety of techniques if appropriate, from soft tissue release to joint manipulations, dependant on what your Osteopath feels is appropriate for you, and offer advice on how to on movements to avoid in the short term whilst you recover.

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    Facet Joint Pain

    Facet Joints are located on both sides and the back of each vertebra of the spine. Often when we do movements such as extending backwards, we cause irritation of these joints.

    Your Osteopath can use a number of techniques to ease that pain and get the joint moving better, techniques include joint manipulations or joint articulations dependant on what your osteopath feels is appropriate for your individual needs.

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    Posture Related Pain

    Often, we experience posture related back pain, from a lack of movement at our desk jobs or at home. Often our bodies need a little bit of support to get your joints and muscles feeling its best again.

    Your Osteopath can help you feel and move better, and give you advice on steps you can take to maintain an overall better function of your back.

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    Muscle Strain

    Muscles in the back can become injured and strained when we overexert ourselves, often during day to day tasks such as lifting an object or doing housework.

    Your Osteopath can help you feel and move better using a combination of techniques such as soft tissue release and rockblading.

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    Rib Dysfunction

    Rib dysfunction is often a very common but less known injury in which pain can present itself in the back and radiate around the rib that is affected. A common symptom associated with rib pain is pain on taking deep breaths or sudden movements such as coughing.

    Osteopathy can help to ease this discomfort using joint manipulations or articulations and release of the surrounding muscles.

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