OsteopathsGuide UK provides you with a quick list of practicing Osteopaths in Harrow.
An Osteopath can detect, treat and prevent health issues through moving, massaging and stretching a patients muscles and joints. The guiding principle of osteopathy is that the overall well-being of any patient is reliant on their muscles, bones, ligaments and tissue working together in smooth cohesion.
Finding a Harrow Osteopath
An Osteopath is capable of treating a wide range of disorders (not just musculo-skeletal), some common problems may include:
• low back pain which may or may not include sciatica
• neck and upper back pain which may or may not include pain in the shoulder,
• peripheral joint pain (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, foot)
• migraine headaches
• workplace strains
• sports injuries
• glue ear
• backache of pregnancy
• symptoms of chronic conditions, e.g., asthma, arthritis
• stiffness associated with wear and tear
• effects of trauma, e.g. falls, sprains and impact injuries
• menstrual/period pain
• circulatory problems
• digestion problems, e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, constipation
• postural problems & many others
An Osteopath may not be the obvious choice for digestion problems, however the bowel is made up of muscle which can become tense and tight when a patient becomes stressed. With this in mind, the practitioners’ techniques can often be highly effective. It must be stressed that osteopathy cannot cure a chronic condition such as arthritis but it can help alleviate many of its painful features.
Osteopathy involves diagnosis and treatment that emphasises on the structure and function of the body. Through a variety of techniques such as the manipulation of joints, the reduction of muscle tension and the improvement of blood and nerve supply to the tissues the body is helped to heal itself. Advice on posture and exercise may be provided to aid recovery, to promote health and to prevent the recurrence of symptoms.
Osteopathy is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) which is a statutory self regulated body. It is illegal to practice as an osteopath unless registered by GOsC. This protects the public by ensuring adequate training and ongoing learning (continual professional development) is taking place to ensure knowledge is kept up to date.
Osteopaths Treating Back Pain
This is an increasing problem in western countries, with as many as eight in ten people suffering from backache at least some of the time. Most people will not have any serious damage to their spine and the pain comes from the muscles, ligaments and joints. However, having said this there is a huge array of causes of back pain. These range from problems in the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves as well as muscles of the low back, internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area. Pains in the upper back can also be as a result of disorders of the aorta (major blood vessel), chest tumors, and inflammation of spine, as well as muscular and joint problems.
The spine is arguably the most important structure of the body, it provides support for the pelvis, legs, ribcage, arms and head. As a result, any problems with the spine can cause pain in other areas of the body, termed “referred pain”. This can sometimes be the first sign of any spinal problem and if it occurs with an unexplained cause and persists, it is important that you seek advice.
As discussed above there are many possible causes of back pain, however, below is a list of the more common causes:
Arthritis – osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (inflammation within the spine) are both linked to back problems.
Muscle and ligament strains – weak muscles and ligaments are unprepared for sudden, heavy or unaccustomed activity are often injured. But more commonly bad posture over a prolonged time can trouble soft tissue.
Osteoporosis – vertebral fracture due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease characterised by thinning of the bones, which leaves the bones prone to fracture.
Sciatica – impingement of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back into the leg, can become compressed by a variety of structures.
Stress – one of the side effects of stress is increased muscle tension, which can lead to fatiguing of the tissues, causing localised pain. If not addressed, persistent tight muscles can create postural imbalances that may cause structural changes throughout the body.
Most cases of pain in the back are often brought on by lifestyle factors, including; lack of exercise, being overweight, leading a sedentary life, poor posture, stress, bad work practices – all of which an osteopath can advise on.
The first step to manage the pain in your back is to rule out the possibility of any serious medical problem. Osteopaths are commonly known as specialists in this field; however, osteopaths are trained to treat all areas of the body, including internal organs. This gives them the knowledge to deal with this ever increasing problem effectively.