Back pain, particularly lower back pain, is the main reason people come to see us at Touch2Heal. However the causes of back pain can be quite varied.
We see more and more people with postural problems caused by sitting at a computer. Poor desk setup can place increased pressure on the lower back.
Other common causes are poor driving positions, heavy lifting and muscles strains due to activities such as cleaning and gardening.
Causes of Back Pain
If you injure your back there are a number of different structures that can be damaged or affected and cause pain. A slipped disc (herniated or prolapsed disc) is common.
Strains can occur in the muscles. Joint inflammation or ligament damage are frequent culprits. Quite often the pain can be referred in that the cause is elsewhere such as the leg.
Although thankfully rare, infection or cancer could be to blame.
Common Symptoms of Back Pain
Back pain will often manifest itself as dull aching sensation, particularly in the back, buttocks and thigh. It is not unusual for this pain to be sharp or even excruciating at times during particular movements.
You will often discover with a disc injury that simply sitting can promote pain. Alternatively, a sudden movement might do it.
A trapped nerve can be quite debilitating as is the case with sciatica, itself often the result of suffering a prolapsed disc.
Sciatica and Disc Herniation
There are several causes of Sciatica but the most common cause we see is a herniated or prolapsed disc, i.e. a slipped disc.
The disc itself contains a pulpy substance called the “nucleus pulposus”. If the fibrous outer wall of the disc (the annulus fibrosus) ruptures then the inner core can leak out applying pressure to the sciatic nerve that runs adjacent.
Unfortunately the disc is not strong against rotational forces and these can cause the disc to rupture. Such forces can occur simply by bending awkwardly or lifting something heavy.
Touch2Heal’s Back Pain Treatment
Osteopathy and acupuncture are effective treatments for the majority of back problems.
At Touch2Heal our practitioners apply joint mobilisation, deep soft tissue work and acupuncture to overcome your back condition.
To help rehabilitation we also provide postural guidance and advice on relevant exercises.
If you are suffering from back pain then book an appointment to come and see us at our clinic in Ashford (Evegate) in Kent.
I managed to slip my disc just getting my laptop bag out of the back of my car. The pain was excrutiating and went down the back of my left leg as well. Apparently I had trapped my Sciatic nerve. Cecile was able to work the area to reduce the pressure on the nerve which made a huge difference.
My sciatica was so bad I could barely walk. I even had injections but they didn’t work. My GP suggested trying Touch2Heal as he had other patients who swore by them. Sharron felt confident she could treat me and she was right. I immediately felt better and after three sessions I could hardly feel the pain at all. She said I should consider Pilates. I’ve been doing this for 18 months now and I have no more problems.