Complete Healthcare Clinic Sunbury

Back pain

Osteopathy is a holistic treatment for back pain and other joint problems.

About 80 percent of people are affected by lower back pain at some point in their lifetime.  Lower back pain tends to be more common in people over the age of 35.

Patients frequently experience low back pain as tension, soreness or stiffness in their lower back area. This pain is often referred to as ‘non-specific’ back pain and usually improves on its own within a few days.

Back pain may be called either ‘acute’ or ‘chronic’ depending on how long symptoms are present. You may have:

  • Acute back pain – lasting less than six weeks
  • Sub-acute back pain – lasting six weeks to three months
  • Chronic back pain – lasting longer than three months.

It can be difficult to know exactly what causes lower back pain. There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing lower back pain. These include:

  • standing, sitting or bending down for long periods
  • lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling loads that are too heavy
  • having a trip or a fall
  • being stressed or anxious
  • being overweight
  • having poor posture

 

Treatment may include the use of spinal manipulation, massage, myofascial release and other muscle and joint therapies to relieve the causes of lower back pain.

It is important to follow your osteopath’s recommendations on posture, stretching and other activities, in order to receive the benefits of the treatment.