About 8 in 10 people suffer from one or more bouts of lower back pain, often leading to time off work
Non-specific lower back pain is very common, often comes on without specific injury and is frequently caused and maintained by bad postural habits either at work or at home. This can often lead to compensation in other parts of the muscular skeletal system causing pain. Osteopaths specialise in not just restoring muscular skeletal function, but in discovering the ‘root cause’ of the problem to help maintain and prevent future bouts of pain.
I achieve this by educating you about how to improve your posture with a treatment and exercise plan. How you sit or lift within your working environment will have an impact in your long-term muscular skeletal health.
Common conditions that we, as Osteopaths, will see
Lower back conditions, osteoarthritis and shoulder complaints to name but a few.
“After Slipping 2 disc’s in my back at the age of 29 I was initially referred to the NHS. During the next 3 years I experienced 2 spinal epidurals in an aim to release the pain.
I worked through 4 physio Therapists and 1 private Chiropractor. Aged 32 the NHS said there was nothing more they could do. I suffered for the next 7 years which impacted my physical and mental wellbeing. Hence when It was recommended to try Osteopathy with Niki I was Sceptical.
During the last 2 years Niki has not only educated me as to how to support my new posture, how to live to protect a healthy back, but has continued to be a positive reinforcer towards balancing my physical and mental health.”
Having good posture means that you…
Osteopathy is a distinct approach to healthcare based on a well-established system of clinical diagnosis. An Osteopath will focus on the structure of the body using safe, natural, manual treatment for a non-invasive approach tailored to the individual needs of each patient – at every stage of life from birth to old age. Predominantly, gentle manipulative techniques are used to correct joint and tissue imbalances, allowing restoration of balance within the patient’s body. Osteopathy treats the person as well as the disorder. The objective is the promotion of long-term health.
We are also keen to promote and educate the younger generation in long-term spinal health. This is an important message. Learning about a good diet, the benefits of regular exercise to promote good bone development and an understanding of good posture will ensure the support of long-term musculoskeletal health.
Everybody has a skeleton made up of 206 bones, which gives your body structure and amazing gift of movement as well as protecting your internal organs
Bones are the framework for your child’s growing body. Bone is living tissue that changes constantly, with bits of old bone being removed and replaced by new bone. You can think of bone as a bank account, where (with your help) your kids make “deposits” and “withdrawals” of bone tissue. During childhood and adolescence, much more bone is deposited than withdrawn as the skeleton grows in both size and density.
As parents and carers, it is vital to think about children’s bones. Building healthy bones by adopting healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits in childhood is important to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later in life. Calcium and Vitamin D are the 2 key nutrients when building strong bones. Calcium supports your bones and teeth structure and Vitamin D improves calcium absorption and bone growth.
Regular exercise stimulates bone development. Encouraging your family to participate in sports and activities will provide your child with stronger healthier bones to carry them through life.
Good posture not only promotes great skeletal development but also helps to prevent excessive wear on joints as the you age
Is your child rounding their shoulders or appear to be unbalanced when sitting or standing? Are older children suffering from aches and pains after sports? How do they play with their toys or study on tablets or computers? Are they always looking down, slumping their shoulders forward, or leaning to one side?
“The best place to start is to be aware.”
THE EQUESTRIAN OSTEOPATH
Poor Postural Effects
In the long-term, abnormal bone growth could result from poor posture. Bones can grow abnormally if they have too much pressure put in one direction, as the bones change their shape it becomes much more difficult to correct the problem
However, posture can still be improved whatever your age. We offer practical advice on how to improve and promote good posture for your whole family.