Lower back problems can include;
- Sciatica Lumbago
- Degenerative changes
- Thinning/worn discs
- Spondylolysthesis/pars defects
Osteopathy is probably best known for its treatment of low back pain, thus making it the most common reason for patients to consult us.
Our approach is to look at each patient in the context of your full health history, to ensure the pain is not referring from or caused by another health problem.
We assess the standing posture and mobility of the lumbar spine to evaluate areas that are under stress or excessive load, to identify the area of the problem and to assess any change and improvement in future visits;
We then palpate each joint in the lumbar spine and the surrounding tissues to see how they respond to being passively stretched and assess areas of tenderness and swelling;
Osteopaths like to think the body is able to repair most tissue damage, and if its failing to do so we look for reasons why. These may be structural (eg. due to bad posture loading the tissues unevenly) or mechanical (eg one part of the spine doing more movement than another and repetitively over stretching tissues at this level);
Whilst low back pain is the description of a patient’s problem, it has many causes. It is the diagnosis of the cause of each patient’s back pain that will determine the appropriate Osteopathic treatment, or possibly the need for referral to a GP for further testing such as blood tests, x-ray or MRI scans;
Osteopathic manipulative treatment is directed towards improving movement in areas where its lacking, improving the tone and function of muscles; reducing the load or recurrent strain through ligaments and tendons by improving the local biomechanics first and then more general postural strains.
We don’t aspire to make you perfect and straight, but to improve you enough to allow the injury to recover and you to start exercises to prevent the injury from recurring.
We particularly encourage patients with low back problems to start a course of Pilates exercises, one-to-one instruction at first, and then when accomplished and understanding of the principles, to attend classes or do the exercises at home regularly and apply the Pilates principles to other activities, exercises and sports.