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Osteopathy and the Treatment of Back Pain & Sciatica Birmingham

Updated: Mar 27

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, 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 backpain. 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 amixture 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.

Dynamic Osteopaths and back pain

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 lower back pain or upper back pain in between the shoulders, our team here at Dynamic Osteopaths & Regenerative Medicine are here to find out and treat the predisposing factors that has led to the problem.

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)

- repetive 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 damage

- associated soft tissue issues

Headaches and migraines

Specialist treatments at Dynamic Osteopaths

- platelet rich injections

- cortisone injections

- anti-inflammatory injections

- hyaluronic acid injections

Osteopathy and back pain in Solihull and Birmingham

Your osteopath is here to help. If you have suffered an injury or suffering with ongoing chronic back pain be sure to schedule an appointments 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. 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.

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

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 parent for your condition.

What do we treat at Dynamic Osteopaths?

Based in Solihull and Birmingham, our clinic offers a wide range of osteopathic treatments. If you suffer from back pain, our osteopaths will use their developed skills to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your condition. Treatment is carried out using a variety of techniques that best suit the patient and may help with:

- Generalised aches and pains

- Joint pains

- Arthritic pain

- All forms of back pain

- Neck pain / whiplash

- Headache / migraine

- Frozen shoulder / shoulder and elbow pain / tennis elbow

- Sciatica

- Fibromyalgia

- Sports injuries


Don’t let pain, joint damage, sports injuries or arthritis get in the way of allowing you to do what you want. Schedule a consultation at Dynamic Osteopaths today, and let us treat your injury, provide pain relief and get you back to your full and active lifestyle. We have clinics operating out of Solihull (Henley-In-Arden), Birmingham (Harborne/Edgbaston).

Call us today 01564 330773

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