• Christina Hellmann

Back pain and Osteopathy

Back pain is very common and will affect most of us at some point in our lives. The NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs and even more money is lost through absence from the workplace caused by back pain.

Back pain is rarely caused by something serious. The spine is made of solid bones which are reinforced by strong ligaments and muscles, so it is actually quite difficult to damage the spine itself – however, the surrounding muscles and ligaments can cause discomfort and pain when overstrained.

Most back pain will resolve quickly by itself, but if it persists for more than a few days, osteopathy treatment may be able to help. Treatment will involve gentle hands on techniques combined with exercises and advice designed specifically for you as an individual. Early intervention can aid recovery and help you get back to normal activities more quickly.

Here are some tips that will help you look after your back:

1. Keep active – prolonged bed rest is not good for your back and will delay your recovery.

2. When lifting or carrying, it is important to keep the item close to your body. Bend your knees and use your legs – try not to twist with your back.

3. Regular exercise (at least 30 minutes a day) is great for keeping your core and back muscles nice and strong. People who are physically fit generally experience less back pain and recover faster if they do get it.

4. Know your limits – pace yourself when undertaking any physical activity especially if it is intensive or you are not used to doing it.

5. Make sure your car seat supports you properly and if driving long distances, make sure to take regular breaks.

6. Mattresses and sofas tend to wear out over time and can cause back pain. It’s a good idea to replace your mattress or sofa if it is over seven years old.

REMEMBER: Back pain is rarely due to any serious disease and the long term outlook is good. If you are suffering with back pain or have any concerns about your back, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07814 184347 or email me at

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