Back pain is a common problem that affects millions of people worldwide. Whether it is due to poor posture, injury, or underlying health issues, back pain can be debilitating and significantly impact your quality of life. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available to address and relieve back pain. At MK Osteopathy, we use a combination of osteopathic, myofascial and other modalities alongside with rehabilitation techniques to address and relieve pain from underlying issues.
Osteopathic Techniques for Back Pain
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that uses hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems. MK Osteopathy's osteopathic techniques are designed to improve the function of the body's musculoskeletal system, including the spine, muscles, and joints. Let’s take a look at a few below.
Soft tissue manipulation: Consists of applying pressure to soft tissues, such as muscles and ligaments, to improve their function and reduce pain.
Joint mobilization: We gently move the joints to reduce stiffness and increase mobility.
Spinal manipulation: The application of a controlled force to the spine to improve its alignment.
Muscle testing: This assessment helps identify muscular imbalance, to find out which muscles are over-working, and which ones are under-working, this way we can create better muscular balance(s) and better load tolerance in the tissues.
Myofascial Techniques for Back Pain
Myofascial release is a manual therapy that involves applying sustained pressure to the connective tissue (fascia) to improve mobility and reduce pain. Our myofascial techniques are designed to release tension and adhesions in the fascia, which can cause pain and restrict movement. Here are some techniques our team might use to relieve your back pain:
Trigger point therapy: Application of pressure to specific muscle points in the body to relieve pain and improve mobility.
Fascial stretching: Our team can stretch the fascia to improve mobility and reduce pain.
Myofascial release: Performing a release requires sustained pressure to the fascia and muscles to release tension and adhesions.
Rehabilitation Techniques for Back Pain
Rehabilitation is an essential component of back pain treatment. In general, this concept has been designed to improve strength, mobility, flexibility, and function, which can help prevent future pain and injury. Here are some of the rehabilitation methods that might be used to relieve back pain at MK Osteopathy:
Exercise therapy: This technique involves prescribing specific exercises to improve strength, flexibility, mobility and function.
Core stabilization: Involves strengthening the muscles of the abdomen and lower back to improve stability and prevent injury.
Postural education: We educate our patients on proper posture and body mechanics to prevent future pain and injury.
Gait assessment: Assessing your walking pattern and address any alternations that may be contributing to your pain.