Osteopathy and You: Back pain
Back pain affects up to 80% of us at some point in our lives. The NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs, but even more money is lost through leaves of absence in the workplace caused by excessive aches and pains.
Your spine is made of solid, bony blocks reinforced by strong ligaments and muscles. It is surprisingly difficult to damage your spine, but if strained,
the surrounding muscles and ligaments can cause discomfort and pain.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Often back pain resolves quickly by itself, but if it persists for more than a few days, osteopathy may be able to help.
About half of those who suffer an episode of back pain will have a recurrence of symptoms within
a few years. We can give you advice about what to do and how to keep active if your pain does return.
Stress can increase the amount of pain you feel by magnifying the effect of tension and muscle spasms. We may talk to you about breathing and relaxation exercises to help relieve this tension.
Back pain is not normally caused by anything serious, though it is natural to worry about what may be causing your symptoms. We will always complete a routine examination that checks for more serious diagnoses and will advise and discuss with you on any further action that might be required.