The back runs from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and shoulders. It comprises of the vertebral column which houses the spinal cord, the rib cage and the scapula.
What can go wrong
The nerve-rich facet joints on the back of each spinal bone are a common source of back pain. If these pairs of interlocking facet joints that connect the spinal bones are not moving correctly they can cause painful symptoms. The discs between spinal bones can be a source of back pain too. These rings of fibrous tissue act as spacers, connectors and shock absorbers for the spine.
Trauma can cause the soft, pulpy material in the middle to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on delicate nerves nearby.
How can osteopathy help if something goes wrong in the back
Cram Osteopaths recommends osteopathic treatment, which investigates the cause of pain and uses appropriate techniques to return the back to full health, before some other common treatments that may be ineffective or even exacerbate the condition:
- Bed Rest – research shows prolonged bed rest can delay healing and recovery and make the problem worse.
- Exercise – this is like continuing to drive your car with misaligned tyres!
- Pain-killing medication/ Anti-inflammatory drugs – whilst pills may offer temporary relief they will not correct functional problems of affected joints.
- Surgery – a very drastic choice with considerable risks that does not necessarily guarantee success.
If you are concerned about your back or are suffering with pain give Cram Osteopaths call us 0141 339 0894
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