Lower back pain is the second most common reason for medical leave from work, and something most of us experience in varying degrees of intensity at some point in our lives. With all the information out there, the number of causes and treatments can seem overwhelming. One of the frequently recommended methods of assessment and treatment is osteopathy.
Some of you may have had osteopathic treatment before, some may think ‘osteo-something, must be to do with the bones?’, and for others, you may just draw a complete blank and have no idea what it is. Well, broadly speaking, it’s a primary health care profession, meaning osteopaths have medical training and you normally do not need a GP referral to visit one. It’s a holistic therapy that uses a range of manual therapy techniques to make sure all parts of the body function together. While the training is similar across most of the universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, each osteopath will have their own variations in their approach based on their experience and technical abilities.
Stephen Watts M.Ost explains how he would assess and treat a patient complaining of acute lower back pain.