Back pain is often debilitating and can be caused by a variety of issues. Fortunately, there are many non-invasive treatments available to help reduce or eliminate back pain. These include physiotherapy, osteopathy, and chiropractic treatments. Let’s explore the different treatments to determine which one may be right for you.
Physiotherapy is a type of physical therapy that focuses on restoring movement and mobility in the body. It can also help with pain relief. Physiotherapists use techniques such as massage, heat, ultrasound, exercise programs and stretching to improve posture and reduce tension in the muscles. Physiotherapists also provide advice on lifestyle changes that will help reduce back pain such as proper ergonomics when sitting at a desk or exercising regularly to improve flexibility and strength.
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that uses gentle manipulation to reduce muscle tension and improve range of motion in the spine and joints. Osteopaths use their hands to gently manipulate the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia (connective tissue) and other soft tissues in order to restore normal function. This technique helps relieve inflammation, increase circulation, promote healing and reduce pain. Osteopathic treatment can be used for both acute (short-term) and chronic (ongoing) conditions.
Chiropractic treatment involves manipulation of the spine using applied pressure from the practitioner’s hands or tools such as rollers or activators. This helps realign the vertebrae so they are properly aligned with each other which relieves pressure on nerves in the spinal column resulting in reduced back pain. Chiropractors can also teach patients exercises designed to strengthen core muscles which support the spine thus helping prevent future problems with back pain due to poor posture or lack of strength in supporting muscles.
Back pain can be caused by many issues ranging from poor posture to lifting heavy objects incorrectly or even sleeping in an uncomfortable position for too long. Fortunately there are many non-invasive treatments available such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic care that can help alleviate your back pain without resorting to medication or surgery if your symptoms are not severe enough for those options. Speak with your doctor about which treatment option would work best for you so you can get relief from your back pain as quickly as possible!