Back Pain Treatment
Case History: First of all your osteopath will ask you detailed questions about your symptoms and the issues they are causing. You will also be asked about your medical history, including any medication you may be taking, as well as your general health and lifestyle to help generate a “holistic” picture that includes not only your symptoms but also the circumstances under which they have arisen.
Examination: It may be necessary to perform a standing examination to enable full assessment of the area and the extent of the injury. Simple tests may be carried out to focus on the correct diagnosis. These will include a series of gentle movements and, if necessary, reflex tests or blood pressure checks. It may be necessary for you to take off items of clothing for examination and treatment, so please wear underwear you will feel comfortable in. Gowns are available for your use and your privacy will of course be respected at all times.
Diagnosis: Your diagnosis and plan of treatment will be discussed with you fully and agreed before treatment commences. You will also be given an approximate guide as to the number of treatments you may need. If X-rays or other further detailed examination is necessary, the reasons will be explained and you will be referred to an appropriate professional. Any risks associated with treatment will always be discussed with you and advice will be given to you about the best and safest approach for your condition.
Treatment: The aim of the osteopathy treatment is to relieve your pain and other symptoms. This will include treating your specific complaint as well as addressing any underlying causes. The treatment is a manual therapy using various techniques to ease the pain, tension and stiffness in the soft tissues and joints of the body. Ultrasound therapy and taping and strapping are also available when appropriate.
Aftercare: Patients may experience a little discomfort after treatment for up to 48 hours. By following simple aftercare advice given to you by your osteopath you should be able to ease any irritation felt. Aftercare includes techniques such as hot and cold therapy as well as exercise plans. Lifestyle advice including office ergonomics to baby routines along with postural advice and exercises will be given at the end of your treatment. This may prove invaluable in managing your complaints.
Further appointments: last 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes and revolve mainly around treatment.
People often think of osteopathy as just being about ‘bad backs’. However, we can help with a wide range of conditions including those such as sports injuries, arthritis and sciatica.
The following conditions may all benefit from a variety of osteopathic treatment:
- Back Pain
- Neck Ache
- Sports Injuries
- Arthritic Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Joint Pains
- Rheumatic Pain
- Shoulder, Arm & Hand Problems
- Back Ache
- Aches & Pains
- Hip, Knee & Leg Problems
- Circulatory Problems
- Digestion Problems
- Inability to Relax
The benefits of treatment can include:
- Reduced pain levels and inflammation
- Reduced stiffness and increased mobility
- A faster return to your everyday life and activities
- Enable enhanced performance in sport and leisure activities
- Improved general health and wellbeing
- Non-invasive and drug free
- Skilled hands diagnose and treat, enabling the body’s own healing mechanism
- The root cause of the problem is identified and treated reducing the likelihood of a recurrence
- Having a tailor-made first aid kit to help you manage your symptoms while you recover
- Reassurance from understanding what is wrong, how to help yourself now, and confidence to help yourself in the future
- Many patients enjoy the benefits of maintenance treatments every 3-6 months
Most people assume that babies have no stresses and strains in their bodies as they are so young, and have been protected in the womb. However, the enormous pressures that a baby can be subjected to during pregnancy, and particularly as part of the birthing process, can cause tension that is retained in the body long after birth. Cranial Osteopathy can greatly help ease these stresses and tensions.
Unresolved strains may lead to your baby being unsettled and restless. At Fulham Osteopathic Care we use extremely gentle techniques to resolve these strains, in order to relieve discomfort and improve your baby’s body function.
Fulham Osteopathic Care practitioner Isabel has expert experience and understanding of treating babies from newborn, through the early years and into childhood.
Osteopathy can help children and adolescents in life improving ways. As your child grows they may develop back pain, joint pain, muscle aches and pains as well as other musculo-skeletal problems which may all benefit from osteopathic treatment.
Please call us on 020 7736 1846 to find out how we can help you and your family.
Mums to be
During pregnancy your body has to cope with and adjust to increased weight along with a major change in your centre of gravity, as well as of course creating space for your growing baby. This can be a particular challenge if you are already caring for a child in the family, who you may frequently lift and carry around. Conditions such as sciatica are common and osteopathic treatment can help.
You may experience significant discomfort in your joints and muscles and you may even be finding that simple tasks like walking and sitting or rolling over in your bed are now difficult and uncomfortable, perhaps even painful. Osteopaths are able to provide you with relief from many pregnancy related complaints (such as neck pain & back pain, including sciatica), including more specific conditions like Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. Osteopathy can also help to offer relief from pregnancy aches and pains such as digestion and circulation problems.
Osteopath Isabel is skilled in assessing a woman’s symptoms and offers effective treatment and the opportunity to prepare physically for labour. This is achieved through women becoming more aware of their own bodies and their capacity to cope.
Even those enjoying a comfortable and straightforward pregnancy can benefit from a third trimester check which offers a number of benefits. Osteopathic treatment aims to help your body whilst it is adapting to ongoing changes. Treatment also helps you to prepare for some of the physical demands of giving birth.
After your baby has arrived a special post-natal check is available which can help you begin to recover from some of the physical strains of labour. The treatment session involves the gentle easing of sore and tired muscles as well as rebalancing the pelvis. Back and neck pains which you may experience as a result of breast feeding and lifting your new baby are also a focus during this treatment.
Third trimester check:
When you are in labour, your pelvis naturally expands to allow your baby through. However, if there happen to be any long standing stresses or strains in this area, your pelvis might not be able to expand as efficiently as it needs to. So, by releasing these stresses and strains now, you may be more likely to experience an uncomplicated delivery.
When your baby has arrived, it can become very easy to overlook your own needs. Many new mothers find themselves putting their own niggling aches and pains to the back of their mind, while they focus on their newborn baby’s day-to-day demands. Activities such as moving and lifting car seats, reaching over the cot and carrying the little one around can all increase strains on your back.
You may also be affected by emotional changes of childbirth and childcare causing symptoms that can benefit from gentle treatments allowing you to relax and unwind. Osteopathic treatments can help to enable mums to return to normal both physically and mentally, through the release of strains encountered during pregnancy as well as labour.