Back pain commonly arises from the nerves, joints, muscles, ligaments and other structures in the spine. The spine is a complicated structure interlinking joints, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons, which are all vulnerable of developing pain.
Determining the cause is essential in finding an effective treatment to stop any discomfort.
According to research, a whopping 8 out of 10 adults suffer from back pain at least once in their life. There are many risk factors that determine whether you’re likely to develop back pain. Some common factors may include age, genes, being overweight, lack of exercise, and so forth. Find out if you are at risk of developing back pain.
Here are some symptoms to look out for to determine if you’re suffering from any type of back disorder:
Research has shown that osteopathy provokes the release of the body’s natural pain-stifling chemicals, which act on the nerve cell receptors and actually reduces stiffness and discomfort.
Massage therapy for back pain is a low risk, and non-invasive method of treatment. Not only will this method help in the pain aspect, it also aids in the release of natural chemicals the body produces known as endorphins. This is great for people who suffer from acute pains. Historically, the use of massage therapy was not readily accepted by conventional medicine as a treatment of back pain or any other pains for that matter. However, the medical society now accepts this method as a valid complementary treatment, recognising the many therapeutic benefits that it brings.
The aim of massage therapy is quite simple; it increases circulation and blood flow that the affected area with the muscles needs. This stimulates the rejuvenation of the tissues and muscles surrounding the affected area, promoting a relaxed and stress-less flow of blood.
About Sarah Beer M.Ost, APNT, BSc Sarah is a registered osteopath working in Croydon having qualified from The British School of Osteopathy with a masters degree.