Low back pain – What’s the real culprit?

Low back pain – those three little words that make us all cringe. It’s estimated that over 70% of people will experience low back pain in their lifetime. Often, it can be debilitating, preventing us from doing many of the activities we love like walking, swimming, gardening or running.

Several different structures contribute to low back pain including discs, joints, muscles, nerves and ligaments. Pain might be local to the area, more towards the back of the hip or down to the leg. Symptoms might also include feelings of numbness, tingling or weakness.

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Pilates for lower back pain

Lower back pain has become so common these days, that often it is not even diagnosed. The primary cause is poor standing – but more commonly sitting – posture. Prolonged periods spent seated in front of a computer, as well as slouching forward, have become normal. It is also very common to have a dominant side of the body – a side that we naturally use more than the other. This can lead to a strength or tension imbalance between the left or right sides, another big cause of lower back pain.

Pilates may help to correct these sorts of problems.

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Why You Should Have a Remedial Massage More Often

Thanks to Ainslie Bryce (one of our experienced Remedial Massage & Myotherapists) for sending through this link that explains some of the reasons why a Remedial Massage can improve your health.

You can read the full article here:

http://www.kailomassage.com/massalogy/?p=280

From improving blood vessel health and circulation (an important contributor to minimising the risks of heart disease), to triggering the release of stress-reducing hormones, a regular Remedial Massage can have a big positive impact on your health. These benefits go well beyond simply reducing muscle pain and tension.

If you think it might be time to book yourself in for a massage with Ainslie, or one of our other practitioners, please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or send us an email at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

Osteopathic Treatment Yields Positive Outcomes for Lower Back Pain

For anybody out there interested in scientific studies, this paper was published early in 2013 about the outcomes of Osteopathic treatment for lower back pain.

http://www.manualtherapyjournal.com/article/PIIS1356689X13000842/abstract

Outcomes of osteopathic manual treatment for chronic low back pain according to baseline pain severity: Results from the OSTEOPATHIC Trial

The study consisted of over 400 patients with varying degrees of lower back pain who were treated 6 times over an 8 week period. Patients were then re-assessed after 12 weeks to determine if there was any improvement in their condition.

For anybody who has had Osteopathic treatment for lower back pain, the results do not come as much of a surprise, with the primary outcome being a substantial improvement in lower back pain.

 

Is Sitting Cross Legged Causing You Pain?

For most people, today’s world sees an increased amount of hours spent indoors sitting on our backsides. Many people, either through comfort or habit, spend some of this time sitting cross-legged. Have you considered the effect sitting cross-legged has on your low back, pelvis or hips?

Simply placing the Right knee over the left produces the following effects …

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Will Pilates Help My Back Pain?

Around 80% of Australians will experience low back pain at some stage in their lifetime. As a Pilates instructor with over 4 years experience working in both Osteopathy and Physiotherapy centres, I’ve seen an extremely large number of clients coming through the Pilates studio with back pain. The most common question asked is “Will Pilates help my back pain?” The simple answer is yes, not only can it alleviate back pain but Pilates can also prevent an occurrence of back pain. 

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