Lower back pain is one of the symptoms that people could consult an osteopath about. The common goal for most of these patients is to attain lower back pain relief through
It is most often caused by poor posture, twisting awkwardly, or using incorrect lifting techniques. Much of the time, lower back pain isn’t serious and will usually get better on its own. But there are steps you can take to aid the healing process.
For short-term relief, use hot or cold compression packs on the point of pain – these can be as simple as a hot water bottle, an ice pack or even a bag of frozen veg in an emergency! For longer-term relief, take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkillers, e.g. ibuprofen – but check with the pharmacist if you’re not sure – which will give you enough pain relief to enable you to continue your daily activities as normally as possible. If you rest your back for too long, you actually risk making the pain worse and the healing process will take a lot longer.
It’s also a good idea to try gentle exercises such as walking, swimming, yoga or stretching exercises.
If the problems continue
However, if the pain is severe, gets worse or doesn’t improve after a few weeks, you will need to see a specialist. If you are really worried, go to your GP who may refer you to a physiotherapist or osteopath. Alternatively, and to save time, you could make an appointment with an osteopath directly. Your osteopath will manipulate the spine and massage the muscles, as well as suggest further exercises to aid the healing process and make your back stronger. In fact, a study conducted by researchers at Queen Mary University of London found that a combination of spinal manipulation followed by exercises was more beneficial in reducing lower back pain than just a treatment or exercising alone.
Prevention is better than cure
Taking steps to prevent back ache in the first place is clearly the best case scenario and there are steps you can take. Good posture and keeping fit are key to this. Yet health insurance company Simplyhealth found that less than a third of UK adults know what the recommended guidelines are for the minimum levels of exercise or diet.
If you’d like to take preventative measures or are looking for a cure for lower back pain, please feel free to contact us for advice or to make an appointment.