Low Back Pain and Osteopathy

Low back pain affects up to 70% of people throughout their lives, and is the most common reason for

lost work hours and limitation of daily activities in the world (WHO, 2013). It can range from an annoying ache or stiffness right through to something truly debilitating, and may be caused by something as physical as heavy laboring or high impact sports, or as trivial as poor posture or bending down to pick up that toothbrush that dropped to the floor! Whilst these pains may come and go on their own, they can often last for days, weeks, months and even years, leading to use of strong medication for pain relief and gradual loss of movement. So what can you do to help relieve this pain?

Osteopathy is a treatment method that has been shown to be effective in treating both acute and chronic low back pain. A randomised control trial (RCT) – the current gold standard for research designs – has found osteopathy to be effective to help reduce pain. One paper published on the study specifically looked at chronic lower back pain and found that patients who received osteopathic treatment had https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-ordonnance/ a ‘moderate to substantial improvement’ in pain levels. In many cases, this reduction in pain level also led to patients using prescription pain relieving medication less frequently. A second paper published using the same data found that, not only did osteopathy help reduce low back pain, it also helped to improve the movement and function in the low back for patients with improved pain. This study complements a second RCT which looked at osteopathic treatment for acute low back pain, also concluding osteopathy to be effective in reduction of acute low back pain symptoms.

So if you or someone you know is suffering from low back pain, osteopathy may be able to help. Contact us, or book appointment with us or visit your GP to find out if osteopathy may be a way of helping you reduce your back pain and getting you moving more easily again.


Licciardone, J.C., Kearns, C.M., & Minotti, D.E. (2013). Outcomes of osteopathic manual treatment for chronic low back pain according to baseline pain severity: Results from the OSTEOPATHIC Trial. Manual Therapy, 18(6), 533-540. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2013.05.006

Licciardone, J.C., Minotti, D.E., Gatchel, G.J., Kearns, C.M., & Singh, K.P. (2013). Osteopathic Manual Treatment and Ultrasound Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Annals of Family Medicine, 11(2), 122-129. doi: 10.1370/afm.1468

Cruser, A., Maurer, D., Hensel, K., Brown, S.K., White, K., & Stoll, S.T. (2012). A randomized, controlled trial of osteopathic manipulative treatment for acute low back pain in active duty military personnel. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 20(1), 5-15. doi: 10.1179/2042618611Y.0000000016