BACK AND NECK PAIN
Osteopathy Can Help Treat Back and Neck Pain
Do you suffer from back or neck pain? Back and neck pain are common conditions that can be caused by various factors, such as poor posture, injury, or underlying medical conditions. Fortunately, osteopathy can be an effective treatment option for back and neck pain. In this article, we will discuss how osteopathy can help alleviate back and neck pain, as well as supporting research.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that focuses on the musculoskeletal system and its relationship with other body systems. Osteopaths use their hands to manipulate and mobilise muscles, joints, and soft tissues to help restore balance, improve circulation, and reduce pain and discomfort.
How Osteopathy Can Help Treat Back and Neck Pain
Osteopathy can be an effective treatment option for various back and neck problems, such as sciatica, herniated discs, and whiplash injuries. Osteopaths use a range of techniques to alleviate back and neck pain, including:
Soft Tissue Techniques
Soft tissue techniques, such as massage and myofascial release, can help to reduce muscle tension and improve circulation in the affected area. This can help to reduce pain and discomfort in the back and neck.
Osteopaths use joint mobilisation techniques to improve the mobility and function of the spine. This can help to reduce stiffness and pain in the back and neck.
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Osteopaths may recommend stretching and strengthening exercises to help improve the flexibility and strength of the muscles and tendons around the spine. This can help to prevent further injury and improve overall function.
Postural Assessment and Correction
Osteopaths may assess your posture to identify any imbalances or weaknesses that may contribute to your back and neck pain. They may recommend exercises or adjustments to help correct these imbalances and improve your overall posture.
Osteopaths may provide lifestyle advice to help you manage your back and neck pain. This may include advice on ergonomics, stress management, and nutrition.
Several studies have investigated the effectiveness of osteopathy for back and neck pain. Here are some of the key findings:
A study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that osteopathic manipulation was effective in reducing chronic low back pain in adults.
Another study published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that osteopathic manipulation was effective in reducing neck pain in adults.
A systematic review of 22 randomised controlled trials published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies found that osteopathic manipulation was effective in reducing back pain in adults.
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that osteopathic manipulation was effective in reducing pain and disability in patients with chronic neck pain.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends osteopathy as a treatment option for non-specific low back pain. NICE guidelines also recommend considering osteopathy as a treatment option for persistent non-specific neck pain.
Reference: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng59/chapter/Recommendations#non-invasive-treatments-for-low-back-pain-and-sciatica
If you are experiencing back or neck pain, osteopathy can be an effective treatment option. Osteopathy can help to alleviate pain and discomfort, improve mobility and function, prevent further injury, and improve your overall health and well-being. Research supports the effectiveness of osteopathy for back and neck pain. Contact an us today to find out how osteopathy can help you with your back and neck pain. Book in using the link below.