Back Pain – What’s Normal?

Many people come to us with generalised back pain, not always knowing if the problem is minor or something more serious.

But what clients are often surprised to hear, is that back pain can be a completely normal part of life – brought about by the busy and stressful lives that we lead.

Unfortunately, just simply moving around can cause what is called mechanical back pain, something that osteopaths around the world are enlisted to help alleviate on a daily basis.

It could happen when you do something as simple as picking up your child, by bending down to get something or even by getting up off the sofa. It can take your breath away, make you double over in agony and cause you to stop in your tracks.

While many of our clients with mechanical back pain think that they have slipped a disk or something more sinister, the good news is that this type of back pain often responds well to treatment and settles down on its own.

But how, we hear you ask.

At Fiona Passey Osteopaths, we adopt a holistic approach to treatment and work with you to help you get the most out of your sessions.

Firstly, we evaluate your range of movement to see how much manipulation and massage the soft tissues need in order to help alleviate pain.

We then work together on a treatment programme in order to help your joints move freely again. This may include traditional osteopathy, along with other therapies such as acupuncture.

lower back painThe not so normal

  1. Back pain after 72 hours
    If your back pain has lasted more than 72 hours then it’s time to book an appointment with the doctor or osteopath. Mechanical back pain can take 10 days to clear up, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  2. A slipped disc
    A slipped disc is an injury to the discs between the vertebrae when they swell or tear and put pressure on the nearby nerves.Unlike mechanical back pain, pain from a slipped disc gets worse with time (not better) and can cause numbness, burning and itching in your legs. If you experience numbness around your genitals or experience altered bladder/bowel function, you should go to A&E immediately.

To book an appointment with our Halesowen branch, please call: 0121 585 8555, or to book an appointment with our Wombourne practice, please call: 01902 894 894.