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The majority of back pain is of mechanical origin. The vertebral joints, ligaments and muscles get in a fankle, they are just not able to do their job correctly.
60% of the population will suffer from a sore back at some stage in their lives. It is a serious problem, and 350 million working days are lost every year in the UK because of it.
So what is the answer ?
There is no single cause of mechanical back pain. It may have started after an injury, or it may have started gradually, often being related to poor posture and bad work station arrangemnet.
In 75% of back pain, medical investigation shows no underlying cause.
An Osteopath will usually find numerous painful muscles and stiff joints, which normally respond favourably to treatment.
An Osteopath will help with the immediate pain, and can give plenty of advice on exercise, diet, seating & beds, ergonomics and lifting.
In the long term a person may want to do things for themselves to help prevent a sore back.
Exercise that involves slow movement with strengthening and stretching such as Pilates & Yoga are very beneficial.
Learning to relax lowers stress levels, the health benefits of relaxation are vast.
Yoga & Tai Chi are both excellent ways to learn relaxation.