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How can Osteopathy help with lower back pain

Man holding his back because of back pain

Osteopathy is a system for detecting, treating, and preventing health issues by massaging, stretching, and moving a person’s joints and muscles. This system is based on the principle that the wellbeing of a person depends on their connective tissues, ligaments, muscles, and bones functioning together smoothly. In this blog post, we will take a look at how osteopathy can help with lower back pain specifically.

What is an osteopath?

Osteopaths use massage, stretch, and physical manipulation to help the body to heal, enhancing blood supply to tissues, relieving muscle tension, and increasing the mobility of the joints. They are focused on getting your body back into a state of balance. A range of techniques are used, but two things that are not are surgery or drugs.

Treating different types of lower back pain with osteopathy

Lower back pain is one of the most frequent reasons people visit osteopathy clinics. Even though the pain can feel like you’ve got severe damage in your back, this is not always the case.

When it comes to back problems, traditional treatment can be restricted because x-rays tend to have limited value in terms of revealing why a person is in pain. You could have a perfect back on an x-ray, yet you may be in agony.

A lot of cases of back pain tend to occur because the spine has become more and more restricted as time has gone on. This means that movement is too focused on one part of your spine, rather than being shared between it all. This can cause painful spasms, even with trivial movement, such as bending down to pick something up from the floor.

The good news is that this type of lower back pain is typically easy to treat. After visiting your osteopath, you can expect significant relief of pain, with most problems being resolved fully within six weeks.

Back pain also commonly arises from disc problems, especially in young adults. Such issues are often caused by lifting and bending. They can result in sciatica, which can cause shooting pain down the back of your leg.