Friday, 16 October 2015

Backcare Advice by Garreth Wagg

Low back pain affects 33% of the adult population in the UK with each year 62% of people with lumbar pain still experience symptoms the following year. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence defines lumbar pain as acute (less than 6 weeks), sub-acute (6-12 weeks) and chronic (more than 12 weeks). Typical symptoms are generalised soreness, stiffness and tension that can be felt between the rib cage and buttocks.

The spine consists of a boney vertebral body, the intervertebral disc and the facet joints with an array of supporting ligaments and muscles. It is often the muscles that control the angles or positioning of the joints. Spinal movement is an action of fluidity and smoothness from one section of the spine to the next. Often with falls, accidents or sporting injuries regions of the spine are affected and take on a protective state, where irritation of the facet joints in the spine leads to muscular and spinal region stiffening. This protective state allows our body to try carry out our everyday activities while in the easiest position, which is usually the least painful position. This easy movement pattern is what may cause us to compensate from one side of the body to the other causing further irritation of joints that aren’t used to taking up the increased strain. A small amount of pain or sense of tension may be a sign that there is some form of irritation in movement patterns in the spine, where joints or muscles are not of their normal state of ease.

A lack of healthcare attention can increase the likelihood of secondary or progressive dysfunction (a state of non-function). This can range from increased pain to increased muscular and spinal tension which may lead to increased degeneration within the spinal facets over time. This is an increased state of “wear and tear” within the joints that may hinder movement, flexibility and comfort with older age. Complex movements in activities like sports, gardening or heavy lifting when the body is dysfunctional may have an increased likelihood of injury. Seeking musculoskeletal healthcare is the only way to help improve your body’s health, reduce the chance of pain spreading and prevent injuries from occurring. It is the role of an Osteopath to find these areas of spinal and muscular tension and use techniques to help the body remove these dysfunctional movements and spinal states.

Osteopathy is a form of physical therapy widely supported throughout health care. Osteopathy is based on the understanding that the wellbeing of individuals depend on the integration of their muscles, joints, bones, ligaments and connective tissue in order to function smoothly together. Osteopaths use the structure and function of these in each area of the body. This is to bring many functioning areas of your body together to create one uniform functioning musculoskeletal body. It is the role of an Osteopath to find the weak or dysfunctional areas to bring about health after treatment. Osteopaths use the spine and the entire musculoskeletal system when treating patients for a particular area. Osteopaths believe the body to be 'it's own medicine chest' and aim to return an individual's body to its regular function.

WeaverHouse Osteopaths use a range of treatment techniques which involve massage, stretching, muscular energy techniques, articulations, joint mobilisations and joint/spinal manipulations to promote mobility and improving the body’s health/balance. Osteopathic treatment can manage conditions in sports injuries, neck/low back pain, shoulder pain, knee/ankle pain, arthritis and rheumatological diseases.

Make an appointment and have a comprehensive assessment to understand more about your body and its health. Our treatments and health advice may improve your ability in life after injury and pain. Don’t leave it to chance for pain to resolve itself.

Not in pain? Preventative treatment appointments over 3 or 6 months intervals may be beneficial to ensure your body is functioning at its very best to ward off all of our modern day demands and stresses. This may reduce the chances of injury.

For an appointment call our Reception Team on  01270 629933.