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Osteopathy and the Treatment of Back Pain and Sciatica

Updated: Mar 23

Sometimes it can be difficult finding the best treatment for your back pain and joint issues. But, many people seek treatment from their osteopathic. Osteopathy has many benefits, but the main benefit is to treat back pain. In this article, we will explain how and why osteopathy is used to treat back pain and sciatica.

What is osteopathy & how can osteopathy treatment back pain?

Osteopathy is a way of identifying, treating, and preventing health problems via the use of manual therapy and physical therapy of the musculoskeletal system. These treatments consisting of conservative measures - spinal / joint manipulation and mobilisation, stretching, and soft tissue manipulation / massage. Osteopathy primarily focuses on treating the whole body (skeleton, joints, muscles, and soft tissue) rather than a specific illness, treating causes of issues, rather than arising symptoms.

Here at Dynamic Osteopaths in Solihull and Birmingham, the musculoskeletal system is seen as one of the key elements of health and well-being. We believe in structure and function of the human body being linked, and that proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure will enable the body to heal itself following injury or trauma. Osteopathic treatment provides focus on:

- Increasing or restoring joint mobility

- Relieving muscular aches and pains

- Reduce pain and stiffness in muscles and joints

- Promote tissue quality and elasticity

- Improve blood flow and fluid dynamics

Osteopathy uses a holistic treatment for joint pain and back pain using diverse techniques, including:

Soft tissue manipulation

Braking down restrictions within soft tissue and muscles. Soft tissue manipulation will address restrictions that are relating to dysfunction.

Spinal manipulation and mobilisation

Spinal manipulation is a very specialised and popular form of treatment for back pain. It is used to restore joint movement and correct spinal alignment .

Many osteopaths specialise in primarily treating back pain. Here at Dynamic Osteopaths we are well-trained specialists who can make a diagnosis based on taking you through a thorough case history and examination. In most cases we can make a diagnosis and perform treatment without the need for analysing MRI, X-rays, scans, and other sources but if necessary, we can use imaging or blood tests if needed.

Commonly osteopaths use a mixture of manual treatments depending patients presentation and overall fitness. Treatments can consist from gently massaging the soft tissues of the back to mobilising and manipulating the back and other joints. Your osteopath will advise on corrective posture, stretching, and other activities that help relieve pain. But also at the same time your osteopath will teach you on preventative treatment and physical rehabilitation.


Back pain can be extremely complicated and people can complain of various symptoms, ranging from low back stiffness to severe pain accompanied with leg radiating pain. Pain can come on suddenly or over a period of time, and can be felt in many different ways. With any form of back pain whether it be low back pain or upper back pain in between the shoulders, our team here at Dynamic Osteopaths & Regenerative Medicine to find out and treat the predisposing factors. Commonly, our patients will complain of the following back conditions:

Generalised low back aches and pains

- non-specific lower back pain

- acute low back pain

- chronic low back pain

- Sciatica

Joint pain and arthritis

- multiple joint pain

- joint injury

- cartilage damage

- tendinitis

- osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Posture problems

- occupation related

- pregnancy

Muscular tension

- due to joint dysfunction

- stress or anxiety

Neck and shoulder pain

- whiplash

- frozen shoulder

- tendinitis

- nerve root irritation

Mechanical back pain

- abnormal stress

- overload

- injury or trauma (lifting weights)

- receptive strain

Secondary and compensatory problems as a result of spinal problems

– disc prolapse

- nerve entrapment/impingement

Sporting injuries

- trauma or accidents

- poor warming up

- inappropriate equipment.

- tendinitis

Degenerative pain/Osteoarthritis

- joint cartilage and underlying bone lesions- associated soft tissue issues

Headaches and migraines


We also offer specialist treatment in soft tissue or joint injections. We also provide treatments in Regenerative Medicine, Platelet Rich Plasma. Click here to find out more Dynamic Regenerative Medicine.

Osteopathy and back pain in Birmingham and Solihull

Your osteopath is happy to help. If you have suffered an injury or suffering with ongoing irritating back pain be sure to schedule an appointment with us.

Meanwhile, below are some bits of information that may be helpful whilst waiting for your appointment.

1) Have you suffered an injury? If you have injured yourself, you may notice pain, swelling, bruising, and restricted movement varying in severity. If the injury is minor, you can help at home during the first few days by:

a) resting and preventing further damage

b) applying an ice pack to the affected area to reduce swelling

c) relieve pain by taking painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. If the injury is severe, you should go to the nearest A&E.

When should I visit my osteopath? Osteopathic treatment is recommended at any time, whether it is acute muscle spasms or after a few or so following injury.

Do I need to be referred by my GP to see an osteopath?

No, you can make an appointment with an osteopath without the need for referral. However, if you are using private medical insurance, such as AXA PPP and BUPA, you may need a GP referral first. Please check with your insurance provider before making an appointment.

What are the risks of treatment?

Usually, there are no side effects other than mild post-treatment soreness 24hrs following treatment. By all means, the degree of soreness depends on the technique the practitioner chooses to use. If you are experiencing systemic symptoms along with your back pain or joint pain then please visit your GP first to get clearance.

Is osteopathy available on the NHS? Osteopathy is not widely available outside London on the NHS. However, osteopathic treatment is covered Private Health Insurance providers. You can also ask your GP to see if osteopathy is available in your area. Dynamic Osteopaths provides osteopathic treatment within Henley-in-Arden Solihull, harborne Birmingham and Bromsgrove. Our specialist osteopaths and therapists will be happy to help you with any questions.

How can I find out if my osteopath is fully qualified and registered? Osteopathy is one of only TWO alternative medicines regulated under the UK law. For an osteopath to practice, he or she must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

To speak to a member of our team or make an appointment with one of our qualified practitioners - you can book online, just simply send this on email or call 01564330773

FREE spinal assessments are available here at Dynamic Osteopaths. What to expect from a spinal assessment? Your osteopath will take a brief medical case history, performs a physical examination, and may use imaging if necessary to determine the appropriate treatment for your condition. Your qualified and registered osteopath will discuss some of the available treatment options that are a suited for your condition.

Other treatments offered here at Dynamic Osteopaths

We have clinics in Solihull, Birmingham and Bromsgrove, offering a wide range of osteopathic treatments. If you are suffering from back pain, we will use our developed knowledge to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your condition. Treatment is carried out using a variety of techniques best suited to the patient. Conditions invloving:

- Generalised aches and pains

- Joint problems, including from osteoarthritis

- Arthritic pain

- General, acute and chronic backache

- Back pain and/or sciatica

- Headache arising from the neck pain

- Frozen shoulder / shoulder and elbow pain / tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

- and many more...

Dynamic Osteopaths

01564 330773


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