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By Fontaine Center
May 13, 2021
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Lower Back Pain  
Lower Back PainIf like millions of Americans, you sit for most of the day, then chances are good that you’re going to deal with lower back pain at some point during your lifetime. In fact, back pain is one of the common issues that bring people to see an osteopath. An osteopath is a medical doctor that specializes in osteopathic manipulative therapy and alternative approaches to alleviate pain, swelling, and inflammation of the musculoskeletal system.

What could be causing my lower back pain?

Your body works together as a whole, so while you might think that your back pain might have something to do with your back or spine, you may be surprised to discover that imbalances or other issues with the feet, ankles, thighs, and hips can also lead to problems with your back. Common causes of lower back pain include,
  • Foot imbalances and alignment issues (e.g. flat feet; pronation)
  • Straining or lifting heavy objects
  • Sitting in the same position for long periods of time
  • Using non-ergonomic workspaces
  • Accidents or injuries
  • Tight or weak muscles
  • Pregnancy
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging disc
  • Strains and sprains
How can an osteopath ease my lower back pain?

When you visit an osteopathic practitioner, the first thing they will do is gather detailed medical history to determine factors such as previous surgeries or accidents that may be contributing factors to your back pain. Once an osteopath determines the root cause then they can get to work devising a customized treatment plan to help you feel better. Osteopathic medication is focused on gentle, treatments that,
  • Improve blood flow
  • Speed up the healing process
  • Improve mobility and range of motion
  • Reduce tension and stiffness
  • Restore joint flexibility and mobility
  • Support lymphatic drainage
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
Osteopathic medicine involves hands-on manipulation therapy that applies pressure to certain areas of the body to eliminate pain and inflammation. An osteopath will also recommend other types of self-healing measures such as exercises you can perform at home, ergonomic recommendations, and lifestyle and dietary changes. An osteopath will take a natural, medicine-free approach to heal.

If you are dealing with persistent or severe lower back pain that is making it difficult to get through your daily routine, then you should turn to an osteopath who can provide you with gentle but effective methods to improve how your body feels and functions as a whole.
By Fontaine Center
September 18, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Lower Back Pain  
From poor posture to days spent hunched over a desk, there are many reasons why you may be experiencing lower back pain. Of course, you could just pop another pain pill but wouldn’t it be more effective to find out what’s causing your pain in the first place?

Lower Back PainThis is why many people end up turning to an osteopath, as these medical professionals can provide comprehensive and alternative treatment options that are designed to treat the root cause of your lower back pain without resorting to medication or surgery. An osteopath can find simpler and more practical solutions to help you manage chronic and persistent back pain.

What is an osteopath?

An osteopath is a medical doctor that provides manipulation therapy, massage and other techniques to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions as a whole. After all, when one part of the body experiences pain, this can trigger pain in other areas of the body. For example, your lower back pain could be due to flat feet or knee problems, and an osteopath will focus on all areas of the body to provide comprehensive care to improve overall balance throughout the musculoskeletal system.

An osteopath will be able to determine what’s causing your lower back pain and provide you with hands-on therapy to reduce pain and swelling and to help speed up the healing process. They can treat both short and long-term lower back pain conditions.

What could be causing my back pain?

Another injury or condition that affects the ligaments, nerves, muscles, tendons and other parts of the musculoskeletal system can be treated by an osteopath. There are many causes of lower back pain including,
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Bulging disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Nerve root compression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Traumatic injuries (can cause spinal compression or damage to the tissues, muscles or ligaments)
When should I see an osteopath?

If you are dealing with back pain that comes and goes, pain that lasts for several weeks or pain that’s severe and affects your daily routine then it’s time to see a doctor for care. An osteopath can diagnose injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, as well as provide a tailored treatment plan to help you on the road to recovery.

If you’re looking for a non-invasive way to treat your lower back pain, then it may be time to consult an osteopath to learn more about the services they can offer you.