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Back pain is one of the most common health conditions people suffer. Understanding the cause of the back pain is the most important thing in finding the right treatment.

Here are some of the major causes of back pain;

Muscle injury
Injured muscles, ligaments or tendons lead to spasms, strains or sprains. In addition, vigorous work, bad posture, prolonged sitting among others can stress your soft tissues resulting in back pain.

 

Slipped or herniated disks
Twisting, pulling, lifting or bending leads to pressure on your disks. The pressure makes them to slip or bulge. As disks in the lower spine bulge, they irritate the sciatic nerve leading to sharp back pain.

Spinal stenosis
When degenerative changes occur, the spines responds by developing new bone in the joints. In addition, the ligaments thicken to offer better support. However, with time the thickened ligaments reduce the space around your spinal cord, causing irritation to the nerves. The irritation of the nerves causes back pain.

 

Instability of the spine
When the joints and disks wear out, they do not offer the right support to the spine. This leads to increased
vertebrae movement. In some instances, the increased vertebrae movement makes a bone to slide forward leading the back pain.

Osteoarthritis
This is a condition that leads to tear and wear of the disc and facet joints. This leads to inflammation, instability
and back pain.

Tumor
A scary thought but not as uncommon as you might think. Unfortunately 1 in 2 of us are now affected by cancer so this should not be taken lightly. Spinal tumors usually begin in other areas of the body and metastasize to your spine leading to pain.

Autoimmune disease
Autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus and others also cause back pain.

 

How Osteopathy helps with back pain

Osteopathy is the best option that can help relieve back pain in an effective manner. This is a procedure that involves treating and preventing the pain through massage, joint movement, stretching and mobilization. In this procedure, the musculoskeletal system is viewed as a vital element in overall well being and health.

It is a non invasive treatment that helps relive back pain by reducing muscle tension, enhanced blood flow, boost muscle elasticity and reduce stiffness in joints and muscles.

Osteopathy involves the following procedures that help relieve the pain:

Massage
Massage helps restore your body vitality. It uses traction where your feet, hands, back are slightly lifted and
pulled to reduce all the stress leading to the pain.

Spinal manipulation
This procedure helps restore joint movement that might be causing pain in your back. The stress in your spine and other joints is also reduced, thus enhancing the pain relieve process.

Muscle energy technique
This is a technique in which you use your muscles in a certain direction and from a specific position against a counterforce that is applied by your osteopath.

Cranial osteopath
This bodywork addresses the bones of the spinal column and head. Your osteopath applies therapeutic touch to reduce stress and pain.

Counterstrain technique
In this technique you are moved away from a specific position where there is restricted movement to a more comfortable position to help relieve the pain.

 

If you feel that niggling back pain is harming your day to day, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

 

 

 

 

Kennington Osteopathic Practice located at The Village Hall, Kennington Road , Oxford, Oxfordshire . Reviewed by 25 customers rated: 3.6 / 5

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