Back & Neck Pain

Primarily, most people who seek our help at ONE HEALTH have back and neck pain. Statistics suggest that regardless of age or gender, 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some time in their life.  Studies show that osteopathic treatment  may reduce back pain, increase mobility and speed the recovery process

 

We at One Health Clinic will work with you to:

  • reduce muscular tension, inflammation and nerve irritation

  • improve joint mobility

  • reduce the duration of low back pain episodes 

  • offer advice on posture, exercises and stretching

  • help prevent future episodes.

 

Osteopaths can be visited without a referral from a GP and are trained to know the difference between uncomplicated back pain and back pain requiring referral to specialist care. In some cases there may be a more serious cause for low back pain such as disc injury, fracture, tumour and infection, which requires ongoing specialist support.

 

Some common causes of back pain include:

  • extensive sitting or standing

  • heavy lifting

  • injury

  • pregnancy

  • constipation, irritable bowel and endometriosis

  • menstrual pain

  • insufficient flexibility

  • muscle weakness

  • dysfunction in the thorax, lower limbs and pelvis.

There are several more serious causes of low back pain such as disc injury, fracture, tumour and infection. Osteopaths, as primary health care practitioners, are trained to differentiate between uncomplicated back pain and back pain requiring referral to specialist care.

 

At ONE HEALTH in Port Macquarie, we will help you develop the most effective course of action to manage your back pain, including:

  • reduce muscular tension, inflammation & nerve irritation

  • improve joint mobility

  • improve blood supply and drainage to and from the spine and pelvis

  • reduce the duration of low back pain episodes 

  • help prevent future episodes 

  • offer advice on posture, exercises and stretching

  • provide advice on improving your ergonomic environment

  • provide guidance on diet, hydration and exercise

  • communicate and plan treatment with your GP & insurer

  • refer you for radiological assessment  if required.

Top tips for back care:

  • seek Osteopathic or Neuromuscular Therapy advice - Prevention is better than cure!

  • keep mobile & exercise daily (under guidance from us at One Health Clinic)

  • during repetitive tasks or heavy labour, make sure to vary your rhythm, take regular breaks, and have a stretch

  • keep well hydrated to keep your spine more mobile

  • eat sufficient protein to help repair tissue

  • be careful when lifting

  • ensure you have a supportive mattress

  • make sure your children do not carry a heavy bag on one shoulder or spend too much time in front of a PC or TV.

 

*Article courtesy of & modified from Osteopathy Australia's website

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