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Osteopathic Treatment of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain

Lower back pain is a common problem for people with office jobs, parents carrying children, pregnant women and sports people.

Osteopathic medicine recognizes that the site of the pain is not always the true cause. Osteopaths therefore have the ability to look at the whole body, seeing how it moves as one unit and identifying areas that may be causing, or, contributing to the pain.

Causes of lower back pain:

  • Arthritic vertebra joints
  • Lumbar intervertebral disc damage
  • Vertebra and pelvic joint capsule irritation
  • Compression of nerves exiting the lower back vertebra
  • Lower back and pelvic muscle or ligament strain

Other areas and conditions that can contribute to lower back pain are:

  • Referred pain from hip and sacroiliac joints
  • Restricted vertebrae joints in the thoracic spine
  • Arthritic changes in the hips
  • Dysfunctional knee movement
  • Decreased arch support in the feet
  • Decreased core muscle strength

It is not just muscles and joints that affect the lower back. Conditions such as period pain, endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome create inflammation in the abdominal area. Due to the close proximity, pain is often felt in the lower back.

How the Osteopaths at Vibe in Brisbane may help lower back pain

Firstly, examination is performed to determine the cause of the pain. This involves assessing:lower_back_pain_Osteopath_brisbane

  • Movement of the whole back, pelvis and hips
  • Identifying any painful positions
  • Does activating any of the muscles around the lower back cause pain?
  • Are there any weak muscles altering the function of the lower back?

From there, treatment uses a combination of hands-on techniques to improve the structure and function of the lower back, and the other areas contributing to the pain. Often postural advice, strengthening and stretching is given as homework to prevent pain from reoccurring.

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