WHAT IS BACK PAIN?
Most back pain is simple back pain (or backache), pain that is linked to the way in which the bones, ligaments and muscles of the back work together.
This is usually pain that:
This is much less common that simple back pain and accounts for about 5% of back pain cases. Nerve root pain is usually caused by compression of the start of a nerve as it leaves the spinal cord. Herniated discs ( commonly, but incorrectly, called slipped discs) are one cause of nerve root pain.
SYMPTOMS OF BACK PAIN
Pain itself is a very subjective feeling and its perceived severity is highly influenced by personal opinion and the circumstances under which itoccurs.
The symptoms of back pain can vary hugely from one person to the next.
Coughing or sneezing can often make back pain much worse by causing the muscles of the back to go into painful spasm. The pain may start in your back but may travel elsewhere. It often goes into the buttocks, but may go further down the leg and even into the foot.
If pain gets really bad, or lasts for a long time, you may experience:·
OSTEOPATHY FOR BACK PAIN
Osteopathy uses the manipulation of the body and the spine to cure disease.Over half of the people who go to an osteopath do so for back pain. Osteopaths use their hands and fingers to feel the patient's body and identify damaged areas.
These areas may have a slightly different temperature or tone, or respond differently to movement than normal healthy areas of the body. Once the injured area has been found, a variety of manual techniques are used to try to correct the problem. Osteopathy usually also involves a special form of massage that helps muscles relax and lets joints move more easily.