Back pain is extremely common, affecting a third of the adult population each year. The back is a delicate area of muscles, nerves, bones and joints, working hard continuously to support the weight of the upper body.
The causes of back pain include poor posture, muscle strain, trauma (such as whiplash) and sports injuries, resulting in discomfort and disability. Most back pain is described as non-specific, which means it is caused by structures in the back rather than by rare conditions like cancer or a fracture. The financial effects on the economy are estimated in billions of pounds.
Osteopathy has a particularly good reputation for the treatment of back strain, employing a wide range of techniques, including massage, mobilisation and exercise therapy. The range of techniques enables osteopaths to treat patients of all ages, from babies to the elderly.