Back Pain

Osteopathy and Back Pain

Four in five Canadians will suffer from back pain at least once in their life. Back pain is one of the most common chronic conditions in Canada, affecting both men and women equally, regardless of age. Back pain can be felt anywhere in the spine, with the lower back being the most common area.

Some common causes of back pain include:

– Sitting or standing for long periods
– Lifting
– Injury
– Digestive problems such as constipation and IBS
– Endometriosis
– Menstrual pain
– Limited flexibility
– Muscular weakness or altered muscular patterning
– Mechanical changes in the legs, pelvis or thorax

Osteopathy is able to assist in the management of back pain, helping to decrease the duration of pain and help lower the likelihood of future episodes.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use a range of different hands-on techniques aimed at:

– improving joint mobility
– addressing mechanical strains
– balancing ligaments and tendons
– relieving muscle tension
– improving circulation and lymphatic drainage
– decreasing nerve irritation