How often have you, or has someone you know, experienced back pain?
Back pain is a very common condition especially in adults. It is one of the most common reasons for people being off work. Back pain (usually but not necessarily) locates itself in the lumbar spine. Disc and joint strain are very frequent causes of back pain. Pins and needles, numbness or pain may also be in the thigh, lower leg or foot (sciatica). If sciatica is severe, muscle weakness may be also be present.
These may be from poor posture or poor work seating positions (poor ergonomics). Hobbies such as gardening or DIY are also common culprits. Car seats sadly are often not good for the back and many of us have long car journeys from time to time. Driving is most un-natural for the spine as we often cannot move about for several hours. Normally we move about every 30 minutes or so (even if just to make a cup of tea or visit the bathroom). Often the cause for your back pain is not recent. Quite often physical and emotional stresses from earlier stages in your life lie dormant in your spine and can be triggered into pain or discomfort by a relatively minor event.
Posture such as bad seating, long periods of driving, lifting or repetitive strains can all lead to back pain. The way we stand is crucial to the long term health of the back. A pain in the foot can alter the way we stand and result in back pain or even headaches.
Accidents especially road accidents can affect the whole body and especially lower back in addition to the classical neck pain.
Falls and injuries all influence the spine. Often the spine has to 'concertina' and crumple during such events causing injury to the spinal tissues.
Head injuries cause local symptoms (pain headache etc.) but can strongly influence the neck and back muscles and ligaments resulting in pain well away from the point of injury.
Dental trauma can have its influence to the rest of the body and consequently be a cause of back pain.
An osteopathic diagnosis will evaluate whether the cause of your pain or discomfort is suitable for osteopathic treatment. If following this assessment it is considered that another aspect of medical care is more appropriate, you will be recommended to see an appropriate practitioner.
Osteopathic treatment eases the strain and tension in joints, ligaments, muscles and other soft tissues throughout the body. An osteopathic diagnosis determines which areas of the body require treatment in order to alleviate your condition. This may require treatment to other areas of the body not local to your symptoms, as underlying causes will be considered also.
Advice will be given, if necessary, on how to sit and work in a better posture and some simple exercises may be suggested.
If you want advice on how osteopathy can help your back, give Tim a call.