It’s a fact that 8 out of 10 of us will experience some form of debilitating back pain in our lifetime. It’s the single biggest cause of incapacity for people under 50!
Back pain can vary quite a bit but you may feel some of the following:
- Persistent aching or stiffness along the spine, from the base of the neck to the hips
- Sharp, localized pain in the neck, upper or lower back – especially after heavy lifting or other strenuous activity
- Chronic ache in mid or lower back after sitting or standing for extended periods
- Pain that radiates from the low back to the buttock, thigh, calf or toes
- Inability to stand up straight without severe muscle spasms in the back or neck
In most cases back pain can be treated well with relative rest and osteopathy. As your osteopath, we’d thoroughly assess you to determine your physical condition, your mechanism of injury and specific source of pain. This may involve functional movement tests like straight leg raises, hip rotations, squats or other relevant positions to help us pinpoint exactly what factors are involved and how to best address them.
Your osteopathy program will focus initially on pain management and relief, using massage, gentle mobilisation or manipulation to treat the issues of the back and/or neck.
As your pain settles, we would then expand your program to address all of the factors that contribute to your problem; like muscle imbalances, posture, work place ergonomics and lifting techniques. These are often critical factors in preventing the recurrence of back pain.
We can also help you transition back into your previous work, exercises and activities safely: The final and most important step of your overall recovery.
Our Osteopaths at Melbourne Osteohealth will put together the most reliable strategy to manage your back pain.