What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic treatment that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. It's different from other treatments like chiropractic and physiotherapy in subtle ways, but you'll find there is some overlap in how they treat! Like with chiro or physios, osteopathy for low back pain is a good option!
Osteopaths use their hands to diagnose problems in your muscles and joints, which they can then treat by manipulating them into place using gentle pressure--a process called osteopathic manipulation (OM). This helps improve circulation throughout the body so that injuries heal faster or don't happen at all!
What Causes Low Back Pain?
Low back pain is a common condition that affects everyone at some point in their lives. It can be caused by many different things, including:
- Overuse of the muscles and joints in your lower back
- Poor posture or sitting for long periods of time without taking breaks to stretch out your body
- A sudden injury to the spine (for example, falling down)
The risk factors for low back pain include:
- Age - older adults are more likely to experience low back pain than younger people because they have more wear-and-tear on their bodies from years of daily activities like walking or standing up straight; this may make it harder for them to recover from injuries quickly enough so that they don't develop chronic conditions like osteoarthritis later on down the road.
How Can Osteopathy Help With Low Back Pain?
Osteopathy can help with low back pain in a number of ways. Firstly, it will focus on the muscles and joints around your spine, which are often affected by low back pain. Osteopaths use gentle pressure to manipulate these areas and improve their function. This can reduce tension on your spine and make it easier for you to move around.
Secondly, osteopathy has been shown to improve circulation in the body - something that's important when it comes to treating any kind of condition involving muscle aches or stiffness (including low back pain). Finally, osteopathic treatment encourages self-awareness: patients learn how their bodies work as part of their treatment plan so they can make changes accordingly if they need them!
Osteopathic Techniques for Low Back Pain
Osteopathic techniques can help with low back pain. During an osteopathic session, your practitioner will focus on the muscles, joints and bones of your spine. They may use manual techniques to treat muscle spasms or restrictions in movement caused by injury or disease.
Osteopaths also give postural and lifestyle advice to help reduce tension on the spine. For example, they may recommend exercises that strengthen core muscles around the pelvis area (like Pilates) as well as stretching exercises for tight hamstrings - which run down either side of your thigh from just above where it meets your hip bone (iliac crest) down towards each ankle bone (calves).
Osteopathic Treatment Plan for Low Back Pain
To create an effective treatment plan, it's important to understand what causes low back pain. The most common cause is muscle spasms in the back and legs. These can be caused by poor posture or sitting for long periods of time without moving around. The next step is identifying which muscles are causing the spasms and gently stretching them out with massage therapy or gentle stretching exercises like yoga or Pilates.
If you have chronic low back pain that has lasted longer than three months, osteopathic treatment may be helpful for reducing inflammation and improving circulation in your body so that you can move more easily without pain. Osteopathic practitioners also use manual techniques to help relieve pressure and reduce inflammation throughout your body.
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About the Author - Dr. Johann de Chickera
Dr. Johann is a fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor. His approach emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and improving one’s health naturally. Dr. Johann obtained a Doctor of Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Education at CCNM is a vigorous four years, with a curriculum involving biomedical sciences, physical diagnosis, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, botanical (herbal) medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle management.
While Dr. Johann has a general practice, he focuses on fertility, hormonal imbalances, gut health, and autoimmune disease.
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