Lumbago or lower back pain, affects 80% of people at some time or other and is one of the main reasons people come to see us at Touch2Heal, but the causes of lumbago can be quite varied.
Common causes include poor driving positions, heavy lifting and muscles strains due to activities such as gardening or cleaning.
We also find more and more people with postural problems caused by sitting at a desk. Poor setup can increase pressure on the lumbar region.
Causes of Lumbago
If you injure your back there are a number of different musculoskeletal issues that can cause pain.
Muscular strains are usually the prime problem but joint inflammation or ligament damage are common too.
A slipped disc (herniated or prolapsed disc) is another regular source of pain.
Common Symptoms of Lumbago
Lumbago 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 debilitating (Sciatica), often the result of a prolapsed disc.
Disc Herniation and Sciatica
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 Lumbago Treatment
Osteopathy and acupuncture can offer relief for lumbago.
At Touch2Heal our practitioners apply joint mobilisation, deep soft tissue work and acupuncture to overcome your back condition.
To help rehabilitation we provide postural guidance and advice on relevant exercises.
If you suffer from lumbago then come to see us in our clinic in Ashford, Kent.
I am a sixty something man with deteriorating hips and eroded lumbar spinal discs. These complaints have caused me considerable and continual discomfort in the past, virtually eliminating even the gentlest form of physical activity and interrupting sleep nightly because of sciatic pain.
Since seeing Cecile, I now walk my dog between one and two miles daily, I regularly visit a gym and have just signed up for a line dance class!! I experience only occasional “niggles”, and I regard my sessions with Cecile now as more of a “tune up” rather than a necessity for pain relief.
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.