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Back Pain Treatment Medway Kent

 Rainham Osteopathic Clinicback pain treatment in Medway, Kent 

60 to 70% of us may suffer with an episode of low back pain at least once in our lives in industrialised countries (WHO). The world health organisation describes low back pain in this context “…the causes of the onset of low back pain remain obscure and diagnosis difficult to make. Back pain is not a disease but a constellation of symptoms. In most cases, the origins remain unknown.” (1). Only approximately 3% of patients have low back pain due to medical pathology.

Whilst anatomically the low back is made up of bones (vertebrae, sacrum and pelvis), ligaments, muscles, spinal intervertebral discs, nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics (the system that moves fluid and which our immune system works through), pain is due to signals our brain receives from our body. These signals are interpreted and perceived in our brains. Our nervous system receives information from all parts of the body including our visceral organs so when considering low back pain all of these areas above could potentially be involved in generating the pain you feel. Pain is perceived in our brain so our nervous system is key to understanding how pain is regulated. This is why our emotions, beliefs and perceptions are often involved and important when considering low back pain.

What do Osteopaths do?

When considering low back pain Osteopaths take a detailed case history, this gives clues and indicators to potential areas of consideration regarding your low back pain. The Osteopath will then examine the mobility and tension in your body and through their knowledge of anatomy and physiology will formulate an understanding of your body’s function.

Osteopaths use key principles when assessing the function of your body;

The body is a unit – each tissue is interconnected, our body is like an Orchestra – made up of individual parts doing their own thing but also working closely with those around it but also paying attention to a conductor trying to run the whole show. Our body therefore has cellular connections with local tissues but also is receiving fluid from arteries and controlled via the brain through the nervous system.

The rule of the fluids is supreme - The body is approximately 60% of water by weight, so we are therefore a gel of sorts. How our fluid moves through and around the body is fundamental to health and normal function. Therefore how the pressures are regulated between each area of our body is important and considerations like how you breath will be considered. Mechanical impediments can therefore cause changes to the circulation and respiration that affects congestion and swelling in the tissues and can contribute to your pain.

Structure and function affect each other (if you change the structure you change the function and vise versa). Therefore the trauma your body has sustained over time, affects the structure and function through the biomechanics of the body.

Osteopaths consider how your lifestyle can affect your bodies’ function and therefore whether this contributes to your pain. Stress effects immune function and inflammation, our exercise, diet and behaviour effect the function of our body and the pain we experience.

Back pain therefore is complex and related to you as the individual with multiple factors contributing and affecting how your body functions. As Osteopaths we use differing techniques to connect with the tension in the tissues of the body to improve mobility. By improving the function of the tissues the whole system changes. This changes the pain signals and therefore whether pain is perceived in the brain.

Osteopaths may also refer to other health care practitioners if there is any concerns that may need further investigations or if it is felt that the problem may respond more affectively to another treatment approach. Exercise and lifestyle changes may also be discussed within your treatment plan. Throughout this process options and concerns will be shared so your treatment plan can be agreed.

What about sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that results from the sciatic nerve being irritated by inflammation or compression (normally felt in the buttock, back of the thigh, calf and into the foot). General practice Doctors commonly describe lower limb nerve irritation as sciatica. Nerve irritation/compression can cause pain, pins and needles, numbness, weakness and in severe cases numbness in the saddle area or problems passing water. If the latter symptoms occur this is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention. Fortunately this is a rare event (approx 1 per 100,000). The most common reason for nerve irritation is due to lumbar spinal disc prolapse. The spinal discs have a central ball bearing like structure that is the same consistency as toothpaste. If this material breaks through the outside cartilage of the disc it can then compress the spinal nerves. This can require surgery or can resolve with treatment, exercise therapy and time however dependent on the case.

What Does Treatment Cost?

  • Consultation including treatment (1 hour)
  • £44.00 (Practice Principal)
  • £41.00 (Senior Associate)
  • £39.00 (Associates)
  • Subsequent Treatment Sessions (30 minutes)
  • £44.00 (Practice Principal)
  • £41.00 (Senior Associate)
  • £39.00 (Associates)
  • Consultation including treatment for over 75's
  • £39.00 (Practice Principal)
  • £36.00 (Senior Associate)
  • £34.00 (Associates)
  • Home Visits (non-disabled)
  • Available On Request
  • Home Visits (disabled)
  • Available On Request

Many private health insurance schemes give benefit for Osteopathic treatment. Some will reimburse the total fee that you have paid, some only a percentage. All insurance companies have help lines to explain your benefits and methods of claiming.

Our Location

You can find full details regarding Osteopathy on the Osteopathy and our patient information pages of this website. There is also the health zone page which has lots of information that supports and supplements the treatment you may receive at the clinic.

We provide Osteopathic healthcare to patients from across North Kent including Rainham, Sittingbourne, Medway, Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester, Strood, Sheerness, Maidstone and Faversham.

You will find plenty of Pay and Display parking at Birling Avenue car park (next to the library) 50 metres from us and we welcome enquiries if there is anything else you need to know. Experienced members of the team are always on hand to answer questions.

REGISTERED ADDRESS: 2 Birling Avenue, Rainham, Kent, ME8 7HB.
The Rainham Osteopathic Clinic is registered in England No: 9104545
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