Research has shown that problems related to the back may affect over 60% of the UK’s population at some stage in their lives. This affects not only your day to day life but possibly your whole body as it tries to cope with the pain.
Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day with more than seven million consultations carried out every year (General Osteopathic Council).
When there is a problem with your lower back, discomfort may be caused in a number of areas further away – often in the groin, hips, legs (sciatica) and buttocks.
Further up, problems in the spine and neck may also cause symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, chest pain, clicking jaw, and pins and needles in the arm and hand and many more.
NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend manipulative therapies including osteopathy for the treatment of low back pain.
Michelle will use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.
Keeping a healthy spine and joints
When young, the body can adapt easily to the stress and strain it is put under. As it grows older (over 25 years!) it begins to lose some of the elasticity which gives the body the flexibility to cope and adapt. In particular this applies to the discs between the vertebrae and the joint cartilage. These require regular movement to ensure their maximum range and thereby increase local circulation and nutrition to the surrounding fluids and tissues.
- Keep moving and stretching
- Take regular exercise
- Take frequent breaks between repetitive tasks and vary the rhythm
- Change position – avoid ‘computer hump’
- Pace yourself when the work is heavy e.g. gardening
- Adjust car seats, and on long journeys, have breaks and stretch
- Is your bed the right bed or is it getting old?
- Pain is there for a reason so come and see Michelle for a free initial consultation.
Having suffering with lower back pain intermittently since having children, it was becoming more frequent and a lot more painful, I was giving up hope of ever walking upright again!! After only 4 treatments with Michelle, my back, neck and general posture are improved beyond recognition, and it continues to improve with some strengthening exercises everyday. V Anderson, Macclesfield