Low back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting nearly everyone at some point in their lives. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including muscle strain, ligament sprain, disc herniation, and arthritis.

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to health care that focuses on the relationship between the structure and function of the body. Osteopaths believe that the body has the innate ability to heal itself, and they use manual therapy techniques to help the body restore its natural balance.

Osteopathic treatment for low back pain can be very effective in relieving pain and improving function. It is a safe and gentle approach, and it is generally well-tolerated by people of all ages. In Australia, Osteopaths do a 5 year double degree at University and clinical work under supervision before graduating.

When you see an osteopath for low back pain, they will begin by taking a thorough medical history and performing a physical examination. They will ask you about your symptoms, when they started, and what makes them better or worse. They will also check your posture, range of motion, and muscle strength.

Once the osteopath has a good understanding of your condition, they will develop an evidence based treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Treatment may include a variety of techniques, such as:

  • Soft tissue massage: This helps to relax muscles and reduce tension.
  • Joint mobilization: This helps to improve the range of motion in the joints of the spine and pelvis.
  • Spinal manipulation: This involves gentle adjustments to the spine to improve alignment and function.

In addition to manual therapy techniques, osteopaths may also teach you exercises and stretches that you can do at home to help manage your pain and improve your flexibility and strength.

Osteopaths also believe that lifestyle factors can play a role in low back pain. They may provide advice on things like maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and practicing good posture.

Osteopathic treatment for low back pain is typically very effective. Most people experience significant relief from their pain within a few weeks or months of treatment. However, it is important to note that osteopathy is not a cure-all. Some people may need to continue treatment on an ongoing basis to manage their pain and prevent flare-ups.

If you are considering osteopathic treatment for low back pain, it is important to find a qualified and experienced osteopath. Harley Place Health has been in Bondi Junction for over 25 years and our practitioners have consulted over 100,000 clients.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your osteopathic treatment:

  • Be honest with your osteopath about your symptoms and medical history.
  • Follow your osteopath’s instructions carefully, including any exercises or stretches that they recommend.
  • Be patient. It may take some time to see results from osteopathic treatment.

If you are experiencing low back pain, osteopathic treatment may be a good option for you. It is a safe and effective approach that can help to relieve pain, improve function, and prevent future flare-ups.

If you have any questions, or want to speak to one of our Osteopaths to see if we can help you, drop us a line at harleyplacehealth@gmail.com