Back & Joint Pain Relief

The number one reason people seek medical help is for back pain, most commonly lower back pain. 

Both acute injuries and chronic pain can be debilitating.  By performing a physical assessment and in listening to your health history, we often find that other factors are the cause of the pain, especially at the neck and lower back regions.

These highly adaptive regions of the spine specifically suffer the burden from poor upper back and pelvic mobility, breathing restrictions, disturbed sleep, digestive troubles, and a weakened immune system. It is therefore necessary to reduce inflammation and the build up of stresses from past injuries in the body to alleviate the back pain.  Treatment might include soft tissue release, and organ/visceral mobilization. Neighboring structures to a specific spinal segment that is giving you pain will be assessed and treated to restore the proper function.  Most importantly this approach to healing aims to increase the circulation of nerve and fluid components which is absolutely required for the body to repair the injured tissues. 

At the lower back for example, soft structures in front of the spine, the intestines, bladder and corresponding ligaments that attach to the longitudinal ligament in front of the spine or ligaments towards the pelvic bones may all need to be freed before the spine itself will respond to treatment.   Then the facilitated spinal segment, including any vertebral compression or misalignment issues can be adjusted.  Muscle spasm at the sides of the spine is often at play and that too will be treated within an osteopathic session. 

Osteopathy will help you move with ease and increase the functionality of your spine. 

One other important structure linked to back pain and that is uniquely treated through osteopathic medicine is the dural membrane. 

This membrane is continuous from the various attachments and folds in the cranium to the mid level of the sacrum (at the back of the pelvis).  The spinal dura mater, is a continuous membrane that covers the spinal cord and all the nerve roots as they exit the spine between each vertebrae.  To free the nerves for proper conductivity and to optimize flow of cerebrospinal fluid we must free this membrane of any adhesions.  Releasing the dural membrane affects the mobility of the entire spine from the base of your head to the tip of your tailbone.

According to the patient’s preferences, the most gentle means of manual adjustment are applied to the body. Balancing nervous system function and full body integration is ensured throughout a treatment for back pain. This keeps the whole body comfortable with the changes required to alleviate the back pain and not simply transfer the strain elsewhere in the body.  This added effort is also a means to prolong the benefits of the treatment to the deepest level of your receptivity.

Osteopathy will help you move with ease and increase the functionality of your spine. Many people report feeling a distinct lengthening at their tailbone during treatment and feeling “taller” when they stand up after a treatment. Treatment of the back can also create new possibilities for overall postural alignment and balance.