Osteo for Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain is a common condition that can affect people of all ages and lifestyles. Whether it’s dull and achy or sharp and debilitating, back pain can significantly impact daily activities and diminish quality of life. 

Fortunately, our team of practitioners at Alpha Sports Medicine offer effective solutions for managing and alleviating back pain. 

In this guide, we’ll explore what back pain is, its common causes, and how our team of Osteopaths, Exercise Physiologists and Myotherapists can help you find pain relief and restore function.

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What is Back Pain?

Back pain refers to discomfort or pain felt anywhere along the spine, from the neck (cervical spine) to the lower back (lumbar spine). It can vary in intensity and duration, ranging from acute episodes that last a few days to chronic conditions that persist for weeks or even months.

Back pain can be categorized as

Acute Back Pain: Typically lasts for a few days to a few weeks and is often caused by sudden injury like a disc injury, back sprain or muscle spasm.

Chronic Back Pain: Persists for more than three months and may be related to underlying issues.

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Common Causes of Back Pain:

Back pain can stem from various factors, including:

Muscle Strain:

Overuse, poor posture, or sudden movements can strain the muscles and ligaments in the back, leading to pain and discomfort.

Joint Sprain:

Usually a result of a sudden movement or injury to the spine that results in a sprained ligament around a facet joint. These type of injuries can be very sharp and painful in the local area and can sometimes have associated radiating pain.

Herniated Disc:

The cushions (discs) between the vertebrae can bulge or rupture, putting pressure on nearby nerves and causing pain. This type of injury typically happens when the spine is flexed and twisted under load. Pain can vary from localized to radiating. In some cases neurological symptoms may occur if the nerve is compressed at the spinal level, like numbness and tingling, sharp shooting pain and decreased strength.

Degenerative Disc Disease:

With age, the discs in the spine may lose hydration and elasticity, leading to degeneration and pain.

Spinal Stenosis:

Narrowing of the spinal canal can compress the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness.


Abnormal curvature of the spine can cause back pain and affect posture and mobility.


Inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can affect the spine, leading to pain and stiffness.

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How Osteopathy Can Help:

Osteopathy offers a comprehensive approach to managing back pain, using a combination of hands on manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation.

Pain Management:

Through manual therapy techniques, such as massage, joint mobilization, and spinal manipulation, our Osteopaths can alleviate pain and promote relaxation in the affected muscles and tissues.

Exercise Prescription:

Tailored exercise programs are designed to strengthen the muscles supporting the spine, improve flexibility, and correct postural imbalances. These exercises for lower back pain can help reduce pain, prevent recurrence, and enhance overall function. Our Exercise Physiology team are also available to help guide you.

Education and Ergonomics:

Our Osteopaths educate patients about proper body mechanics, ergonomics, and strategies for preventing future injuries. This includes guidance on lifting techniques, workstation setup, and posture correction.

Functional Rehabilitation:

Our Osteopaths assess the individual's function and develop customized rehabilitation programs to improve mobility, balance, and coordination, allowing for a return to activities of daily living and recreational pursuits.

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Learn More About Back Pain

Back pain can result from various factors such as muscle strain, disc herniation, poor posture, or spinal misalignment. Osteopathy treats back pain by identifying and addressing the root cause through manual therapy techniques, exercises, and lifestyle modifications.

Yes, osteopathy can help prevent recurring episodes of back pain by addressing contributing factors such as poor posture, muscle imbalances, and spinal misalignment. Osteopaths may prescribe exercises, ergonomic adjustments, and lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk of future episodes.

Lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good posture, staying physically active, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, using proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects, and managing stress can help prevent and manage back pain.

Yes, certain exercises can help strengthen the muscles supporting the spine, improve flexibility, and reduce back pain. Examples include core-strengthening exercises, stretching exercises, aerobic exercises like swimming or walking, and activities that promote proper posture and body mechanics.

Yes, osteopathy can provide safe and effective relief for back pain during pregnancy by addressing musculoskeletal imbalances, easing muscle tension, and promoting optimal spinal alignment. Our Alpha osteopaths may use gentle techniques to alleviate discomfort and support the body’s natural changes during pregnancy.