Back pain and sciatica
Lower back pain is extremely common, it is suggested that up to 80% of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lifetime.
Back pain is currently the leading cause of disability affecting people at work and it is estimated that in the UK more than 100 million workdays are lost per year because of it.
In most cases, lower back pain is easily treatable and short-lived. The pain usually stems from postural weaknesses that put too much pressure on our ligaments, muscles, nerves, discs and our spine. Arthritis, poor posture, obesity, inactivity and stress are all factors that will contribute to back pain. In more rare circumstance back pain can also be a symptom of more serious illness, for this reason, it is always worth seeking professional assessment of any aches and pains.
Common causes of lower back pain and sciatica:
Muscular or ligament strain
Facet joint compression or irritation
Sacroiliac strain (the pelvis)
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes trapped or irritated. This could be caused by any of the injuries listed above and is a very common symptom accompanying lower back issues. If you have sciatica you might feel pain in the lower back, buttocks, back of the thigh or calf. You may also notice some numbness or tingling in these areas.
How can Osteopathy help?
Osteopaths are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.
Osteopathy can help to relieve lower back pain by using effective hands-on treatments to address the muscle tensions and postural strains at the root of the issue. Techniques such as joint articulation and manipulation aim to correct any areas of restricted movement in the spine, hips and pelvis. We also use various massage and stretching techniques to ease tight muscles, improve circulation and rehabilitate old injuries.
Your osteopath will work with you to develop a personalised home exercise program that will reduce the risk of your back pain reoccurring and help to manage any chronic symptoms.
We believe that prevention is better than cure!
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