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Lower back pain

Lower back pain

17th June 2012

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints that Osteopaths treat. Interestingly, nine out of ten people suffer from back pain at some stage of their life that incapacitates them for one week or more!

Common causes of lower back pain include:

  • Heavy lifting or poor lifting technique
  • Twisting or bending forward
  • Muscle weakness
  • Extensive standing, sitting and lying
  • Poor sleeping posture
  • Menstrual pain
  • Pregnancy
  • Insufficient flexibility
  • Injury
  • Dysfunction in the thorax (middle back), lower limbs and pelvis

More serious causes of lower back pain include:

  • Disc injury
  • Fracture
  • Infection
  • Tumour

No matter what the cause, Osteopaths, as primary health care practitioners, are well trained to perform comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic procedures to determine back pain which is uncomplicated and back pain that requires referral to your medical practitioner or specialist.

How can Osteopathy help?

Using a wide range of hands-on techniques, our Osteopaths can:

  • Enhance joint mobility
  • Decrease muscle tension/spasm, inflammation and nerve irritation
  • Improve blood supply and drainage to and from the spine and pelvis
  • Help prevent future episodes of back pain
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics, exercises and stretching
  • Provide guidance on diet and exercise programs
  • Communicate and plan treatment and management with your general practitioner
  • Refer you for radiological assessment when required, including X-ray, Ultrasound, CT or MRI

Tips for Back Care:

  • Seek osteopathic advice regularly
  • Ensure good weight and balanced diet
  • Exercise daily and keep mobile
  • Ensure correct postures when standing, sitting and lying
  • Make sure to take regular breaks, vary your rhythm and stretch during repetitive tasks or heavy labour
  • Ensure correct lifting procedures
  • Keep well hydrated
  • Ensure good quality footwear
  • Eat sufficient protein to aid in tissue repair
  • Ensure you have a supportive mattress and pillow
  • Have regular osteopathic treatment during pregnancy and whilst breast feeding