If like millions of Americans, you sit for most of the day, then chances are good that you’re going to deal with lower back pain at some point during your lifetime. In fact, back pain is one of the common issues that bring people to see an osteopath. An osteopath is a medical doctor that specializes in osteopathic manipulative therapy and alternative approaches to alleviate pain, swelling, and inflammation of the musculoskeletal system.
What could be causing my lower back pain?
Your body works together as a whole, so while you might think that your back pain might have something to do with your back or spine, you may be surprised to discover that imbalances or other issues with the feet, ankles, thighs, and hips can also lead to problems with your back. Common causes of lower back pain include,
- Foot imbalances and alignment issues (e.g. flat feet; pronation)
- Straining or lifting heavy objects
- Sitting in the same position for long periods of time
- Using non-ergonomic workspaces
- Accidents or injuries
- Tight or weak muscles
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Strains and sprains
How can an osteopath ease my lower back pain?
When you visit an osteopathic practitioner, the first thing they will do is gather detailed medical history to determine factors such as previous surgeries or accidents that may be contributing factors to your back pain. Once an osteopath determines the root cause then they can get to work devising a customized treatment plan to help you feel better. Osteopathic medication is focused on gentle, treatments that,
- Improve blood flow
- Speed up the healing process
- Improve mobility and range of motion
- Reduce tension and stiffness
- Restore joint flexibility and mobility
- Support lymphatic drainage
- Reduce pain and inflammation
Osteopathic medicine involves hands-on manipulation therapy that applies pressure to certain areas of the body to eliminate pain and inflammation. An osteopath will also recommend other types of self-healing measures such as exercises you can perform at home, ergonomic recommendations, and lifestyle and dietary changes. An osteopath will take a natural, medicine-free approach to heal.
If you are dealing with persistent or severe lower back pain that is making it difficult to get through your daily routine, then you should turn to an osteopath who can provide you with gentle but effective methods to improve how your body feels and functions as a whole.