Regardless of age or fitness level, most of us have experienced some form of back pain in our lifetime. Yet as the backbone of our health and mobility, issues with your back are something that can often be taken for granted and only addressed when the pain becomes too much to tolerate on a daily basis.
But did you know many cases of back problems are a result of a lack of movement and functionality? And luckily, these are things that can be managed through osteopathy.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a healthcare discipline that takes a holistic view of the body, emphasising the interconnection between its structure and function.
Osteopathy is not only about treating existing issues; it plays a crucial role in rehabilitation and prevention. For individuals recovering from spinal surgery or injury, osteopathy can aid in the rehabilitation process by promoting optimal healing and preventing secondary complications.
When should I see an Osteopath?
When it comes to spinal health, osteopathy recognises that the spine is not an isolated entity but an integral part of the entire musculoskeletal system, and sometimes the issue can occur even if you haven’t sustained a direct injury to your back.
Back pain can be triggered by:
- A sudden fall, direct force, or obscure movement of the spine
- Lifting heavy objects or bending without the correct spinal support
- Bad posture when seated – often seen in patients who sit at desks for extended periods
- Bad sleeping positions and prolonged inactivity
- A sports injury that involves repeated impact or twisting
Whatever the reason for your back pain, it is a good idea to see an osteopath to rule out any underlying issues and give yourself the best chance of preventing any further ones.
What kind of back pain can an osteopath treat?
Back problems usually present in two forms:
- Acute back pain – typically associated with muscular strain or injury and tends to come on suddenly. It usually lasts for a few days or sometimes weeks.
- Chronic back pain – is often linked to degenerative conditions involving joints, bones, or discs. It usually lasts a few months, with some issues reappearing on a regular basis.
Once the source of your back pain has been determined, it can be treated properly.
At The Oast, our trained osteopaths will perform thorough assessments to understand how various factors, such as posture, lifestyle, and previous injuries, may contribute to your spinal issues.
How can Osteopathy help?
Regular osteopathy sessions can help to maintain spinal health and prevent the development of chronic issues. So, if you are suffering from back pain or a sore back, or are looking for a more preventative method, osteopathy could be the perfect solution!
At The Oast, we are a multi-disciplinary wellness practice that delivers hands-on treatment to help people manage their back pain and feel physically able to get back to what they love doing.
If you’d like to find out how osteopathy can help you, our team is always happy to explain and answer any questions you may have. Book an appointment now at either our Sheerness or Sittingbourne location and let us help you put that pain behind you.