Sudden acute lower back pain can be very scary and debilitating. There can be numerous causes such as a muscles spasm, muscle/ligament strain, trigger points, disc prolapse/bulge and joint inflammation/irritation. Often no specific tissue injury can be found and a diagnosis of non-specific or mechanical lower back pain is made.
Osteopathic treatment involves gentle stretching, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and joint manipulation. Treatment can be highly effective in helping to relieve the pressure on the nerves, muscles and joints causing your pain.
At consultation your osteopath will discuss a treatment plan with you and give advice and tips on looking after your back at home in the short term and in the long term. This will include exercises, what movements to avoid, ice/heat therapy and postural and dietary advice.
Osteopathic treatment is now recommended by The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the effective treatment and management for non-specific low back pain. If you have had symptoms for more than six weeks NICE advises that your GP should make you aware of osteopathy as an effective treatment option.
The recommendations of the NICE guidelines for non-specific lower back pain:
- Offer one of the following treatment options, taking into account the patient’s preference: an exercise programme, a course of manual therapy including manipulation, or a course of acupuncture (more details on each below). Consider offering another of these options if the chosen treatment does not result in satisfactory improvement
- Consider offering a structured exercise programme tailored to the individual that may include exercises to strengthen muscles, improve posture and stretching
- Consider offering a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage. Treatment may be provided by a range of health professionals including chiropractors, osteopaths, manipulative physiotherapists or doctors who have had specialist training
- Consider offering a course of acupuncture needling, up to a maximum of 10 sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks
If you are unsure whether Osteopathy can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.