Back pain is the most common complaint seen by healthcare professionals worldwide. It should not be stigmatised, for it is very common.
Peregian Beach Osteopathy Treatment of Lower Back Pain
- individualised treatment – techniques are chosen based on risk versus benefit, after assessments
- specific soft-tissue massage by the osteopath
- evidence-informed use of highly skilled manipulation, when appropriate
- a holistic approach, to identify and treat contributing factors
- exercise prescription
- possible use of ultrasound or dry-needling
At Peregian Beach Osteopathy we only send patients for x-rays or imaging when the results of the test are essential to determine the approach on the type of treatment offered, thus ensuring patients aren’t exposed to radiation and costs unnecessarily. We don’t use x-rays as a screening tool. Other assessments include motion palpation and mobilisation tests of the vertebrae, skull, jaw, sacrum, hips and all peripheral joints, and of myofascial tissue. Typically, back pain treatments by osteopaths require around three to six treatments, with reviews to prevent recurrence based on the patient’s initial response.
For uncomplicated lower back pain, usually the osteopath will prescribe, demonstrate and practice appropriate exercises that train your control of the deep muscles that stabilise areas supporting your back and spine. They’ll encourage you to be as active as possible, and, sometimes coordinate your treatment with people who can help you stay physically active in ways that suit your condition.
We have extensive training and experience in spinal and peripheral joint manipulation, and assessment of whether that modality/technique will be likely to assist a patient. It is not the only form of treatment offered as it doesn’t suit every person, for medical reasons as well as personal preference. Not all joint manipulation styles are the same between professionals qualified to do so.
We use a lot of techniques to address the muscles, ligaments, tendons, blood flow, nervous system and joints, including the rib facets and junctions. Osteopathic training stresses a great deal of practice in perceiving nuances of texture and resistance through trained touch to assist diagnosis. This skill is also used when applying a variety of soft-tissue techniques. The focus is on applying the appropriate depth, rate and speed to various connective tissues, soft-tissues, to improve their position, mobility and sensitivity. They range from quite active and firm techniques, slow and fast techniques, and gentle passive techniques, depending on the practitioner’s findings, and what the patient can tolerate.
See an osteopath to treat back pain
Recent medical research has shown that the best type of treatment for lower back pain is the sort offered by osteopaths – keep moving with the right type of exercise, and have professional manual therapy. Research has also shown that patients often become less reliant on medications to cope with pain when they have maintained adherence to treatment plans.
At Peregian Beach Osteopathy we are professionally qualified to diagnose and treat spinal and sacral pain (pain in the structures supporting/associated with the large triangular ‘keystone’ bone at the base of the spine). We will assess for causative or perpetuating factors, in your structure, habits and environment. Such conditions include:
- disc injuries – bulges, herniations (and what some call ‘slipped discs’)
- back and chest pain after a respiratory illness
- inflammation in the spine, including osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, facet joint degeneration
- sharp, acute, burning, shooting, radiating or throbbing pain, with or without pins and needles, numbness or weakness
- dull uncomfortable vague aching discomfort or pain
- sharp pain on movement
- tight, stiff ‘locked-up’ aches and pains
- muscle fatigue/weakness/strain/tears
- ligamentous strain in the ligaments supporting the spine and associated structures
- spinal joint sprain
- gut-related referred pain
- pelvic-related referred pain