Osteopath Jane Ducklin

Back pain

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Trouble with your back does not simply produce pain
in the back. Often it may cause symptoms in more
remote areas such as the buttocks, groin, hips, and
legs (commonly called sciatica). Problems in the spine
and neck can also cause symptoms such as dizziness,
headaches, clicking jaw, pins and needles and
many more.
Indeed research has shown that problems related to the
back may affect over 60% of the UK’s population at some
stage in their lives.
Osteopaths are trained professionals who are skilled in
diagnosing problems, including those which may require
further investigation if necessary. Osteopaths have treated
many hundreds of thousands of patients successfully over
the past one hundred years and continued success is
demonstrated by reliable and practical results.
The osteopath will explain to you clearly what the problem
is. If they can help they will explain what they can do to
help and also offer advice on self-help treatments.

Keeping a healthy spine and joints
When young, the body can adapt easily to the stress and
strain it is put under. As it grows older (over 25 years!) it
begins to lose some of the elasticity which gives the body
the flexibility to cope and adapt.
In particular this applies to the discs between the
vertebrae and the joint cartilage. These require regular
movement to ensure their maximum range and thereby
increase local circulation and nutrition to the surrounding
fluids and tissues.

10 top tips for back care
1. Keep moving and stretching
2. Take regular exercise
3. Take frequent breaks between repetitive tasks
and vary the rhythm
4. Change position – avoid ‘computer hump’
5. Pace yourself when the work is heavy e.g. gardening
6. Adjust car seats, and on long journeys, have
breaks and stretch
7. Watch children’s posture – don’t let them carry
bags on one shoulder
8. Avoid strain when lifting especially when shopping
and with small children
9. Is your bed the right bed or is it getting old?
10. Seek osteopathic advice earlier rather
than later.

All osteopaths must have demonstrated to their registering
body – the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) – that
they are a safe and competent practitioner. Osteopaths
have to train for a minimum of four years. They also have
to carry out continuing professional development in order
to stay registered. It is a criminal offence to call yourself an
osteopath unless you are registered osteopath.