Back Pain & Sciatica
In western countries and particularly in the UK, it is one of the main reasons for time taken off work.
At JOB EFFECTIVE HEALTH, we are skilled and experienced in the assessment, treatment and prevention of back pain providing an effective long term solution.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain can be triggered by a “one off “event where an awkward lifting, twisting or bending over can result in muscles spasms, overstrain of the joints and connective tissues of the back causing discomfort and acute pain. Poor or incorrect posture such as slouching at the desk for prolonged hours put severe pressure on the joints, muscles and connective tissues of the back and can cause pain and discomfort. Unhealthy life style habits, previous back injuries and some degenerative changes known as “wear and tear” of the joints can also cause back pain.
Although Osteopaths treat pain in all area of the body, they are best known for their treatment of back pain where current research about the efficacy of osteopathic manual treatment is strong.
The majority of back issues appear to be acute (short-lived). They respond well to osteopathic intervention and advice and tend to resolve in 2 – 3 treatments. These include muscle strains and minor joint inflammations.
Disc injuries such as sprains and herniation (slipped disc) are generally more serious and take longer to heal. They can also respond quite well to osteopathic intervention and advice. However, this is a chronic situation requiring a long term treatment and management plan.
Chronic postural issues also respond quite well to osteopathic intervention and advice. They are generally well managed with a combination of “hands – on” treatment, advice on exercise and office workstation set-up.
What is sciatica and what causes it?
Sciatica refers to the inflammation and / or irritation of the sciatic nerve or nerve roots.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body responsible for carrying information between your spinal cord and legs.
When the nerve is inflamed and / or irritated, sharp or shooting pain is felt along its path, typically in the lower back, buttocks, down the back of leg, calf muscle into the foot.
Sciatic nerve inflammation and / or irritation is also commonly associated with neurological symptoms. These include “pins and needles”, numbness, sensory changes and weakness. Spasms in the buttock muscles including piriformis can also compress or squeeze the sciatic nerve and cause sciatica.
How can Osteopathy helps?
Treatment methods varied and will take into account many factors. Primary aims are to decompress the nerve along the route which it travels as well as reduce the inflammation build up due to any tissue damage. This can be achieved using a wide repertoire of spinal decompression techniques which will help improve your symptoms, assist tissue repair or adaptation.
At Job Effective Health, your osteopath will also advise on exercise to help keep your body working to its full potential allowing a smooth recovery process; sustain effective levels of health and reduce the likelihood of the incident re-occurring.
Common conditions patients visit Job Effective Health for:
- Disc injuries including Minor Sprain, Disc Herniation & Bulge
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Postural Problems
- Muscle Strain
- Ligamentous Sprain
If you think you are suffering from any of the above conditions or anything related to the health of your back, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice and to book an appointment.