Back pain is a much more common problem than you might think: Statistics show that 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain (*) at some point in their lives. This problem is so widespread, 5.6 million working days per year in the United Kingdom are lost due to back pain (**). The most common cause of this problem is lifting a heavy load or not sitting in the correct position. Sudden and awkward movements can also cause permanent back pain too. If you are overweight, you can contribute to this problem however, back pain can occur at any age.
Although it is a common issue, there is no standard method of treating back pain: Most doctors recommend rest. However, if the pain is very severe, oral medication is sometimes a feasible solution. Unfortunately, both methods do not work in the long run because they focus on the symptoms, not on what is causing the problem.
But you don’t have to live with back pain anymore: Osteopaths offers a non-invasive and painless treatment option for this problem. Moreover, clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of these osteopathic treatment methods.
How Can Osteopathy Help With Back Pain?
An osteopath undergoes special training on how the musculoskeletal system. In other words, osteopaths are professionals who can detect the problematic area on your body and treat it with different techniques. The most important aspect of this treatment is that it focuses on what causes the pain, not the pain itself: In other words, it treats the problem in your musculoskeletal system that causes the back pain. An osteopath can eliminate this problem by applying one or all of the following techniques:
- High-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust. This procedure is applied to correct asymmetry in a facet joint. The osteopath moves this joint suddenly and quickly, making it symmetrical again. During this process, cracking sounds can be heard. There is nothing to worry about: The procedure is completely painless and these sounds are caused by the sudden displacement of nitrogen gas in the joints.
- In this method, pressure is applied to the soft tissue causing pain. This is not a standard massage practice because the osteopath knows exactly where to apply pressure. Traction is often applied as part of this method and means that the feet and head are pulled in opposite directions.
Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques (OMT) really work to treat back pain. A study published in 2005 shows that OMT techniques reduce patients’ low back pain by 95% (***). Moreover, it is a permanent treatment method. Clinical studies show that the effects of OMT treatment continue for at least three months. Clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of OMT techniques have been going on since 1981 and all show that this treatment simply works. If you are experiencing back pain, give a chance to osteopathic treatment: Book a session with us here www.cramosteopaths.co.uk (*) Palmer KT, Walsh K. “Back pain in Britain”, BMJ 2000; 320: 1577 – 1578