If you’ve never had lower back pain of some sort, you’re unusual as it’s one of the most common reasons to visit an osteopath. So why do we get it and what can we do to relieve it?
97% of all lower back pain is caused by a problem with the body’s structural components such as muscles, joints and discs in the spinal column. These structures are very sensitive and can produce quite a lot of pain quite easily if they are overloaded by activities that they are not used to, such as lifting something heavy, or doing a repetitive task for a long time such as gardening or decorating.
In contrast to the above, prolonged sitting and general lack of activity have also been proven to make a person more likely to suffer from low back pain.
It could be due to degenerative conditions (that may only show up as we get older). Poor posture, is another culprit and with more and more of us desk-bound in our jobs it is an increasing cause of pain for many people.
People who suffer an episode of low back pain are more likely to have further episodes in the future. Most low back pain will get better over time, usually within a month, but it could take up to three months with a small percentage of people experiencing problems beyond this.
Firstly, seeing a registered osteopath, means you will get a full professional diagnosis of the problem. This is important, as self-diagnosis or guessing at what the problem is might prolong your discomfort. osteopaths are experts at diagnosing which structure around the lower back is causing the pain and why it is struggling.
Once we have diagnosed the issues, we can help you in a number of ways depending on what the problem is. A combination of treatment along with carefully prescribed exercises to help alleviate the pain. We will even give you advice on how to stop the problem from reoccurring.
Osteopaths are highly trained at performing techniques such as massage, spinal articulation and manipulation that have been proven to relieve pain in the low back area.
Do you want to know what is causing your pain and if we can help? Why not take advantage of our new patient assessment introductory offer to get you started towards a tailor-made recovery plan for only £19.
Are you in a lot of pain and want to get better as soon as possible? If so then why not book in for a new patient consultation, with treatment on the day, for £65.
We are also there to help you from home. Take a look at our suite of exercise resources and advice sheets which you can easily download and use from home.
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At Align our focus in on providing expert, up to date care to patients in Bath and the surrounding areas to help them relieve their pain and achieve the most active life possible. Here are just a few of the ways we do this;
- We support your recovery, tailoring your treatment to your goals and a pace that works for you
- We combine exercise and hands on treatment giving you control over your recovery
- Our team of friendly, experienced osteopaths are available when you need us
- Our treatment is clinically based, practical and delivers tangible results
- We offer a low cost new patient assessment for just £19 so you can see for yourself who we are and how we work, with no obligation or risk
- We are continually researching new methods of treatment and where appropriate adapting our practices
- We can provide treatment quickly and offer an easy online booking system so you can arrange the help you need when it suits you
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