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Holistic Upper & Lower Back Pain Treatment In Melbourne

Around the world, back pain is the primary factor in disability, and more than 3.7 million Australians deal with it every day.

The intensity of the pain can range from mild discomfort to crippling, extreme pain.

According to research, osteopaths are highly skilled at identifying, treating, and managing back pain.

Unlike other manual therapists, osteopaths take a different approach to treating spinal or lower back pain.

Along with treating the spinal pain, they treat the patient as a whole and do not just concentrate on the painful area.

The osteopath may be better able to ease pain and increase mobility by considering how the spine is being biomechanically influenced by other body parts.

Osteopaths can treat both acute and chronic lower back pain

Lower Back Pain Causes


Lower back pain can have a variety of causes.

Usually, the cause is swollen joints or muscles in the pelvis or spine.

This might have happened as a result of a trauma, or a functional adaptation brought on by repeated strains or sprains to the pelvis, spine, or hips.

Inflammation around the nerves caused by arthritis or disc injuries in the spine can also cause lower back pain.

Examination for Lower Back Pain

Your osteopath's goal is to help you regain normal or improved movement and function while also reducing or eliminating your pain.

In order to determine whether there have been any prior injuries, repetitive strains, surgeries, illnesses, or emotional stress that may have an effect on the biomechanics of the spine, pelvis, and hips, the osteopath will take a thorough case history.

Osteopaths adopt a holistic whole-body approach.

This usually entails looking at the relationship between the spine and the pelvis, the relationship between the spine and the leg, and even the relationship between the spine and your upper body.

Osteopathic Back Treatment

Patients are brought to a balance point to help prevent aggravating their pain, whether they are experiencing acute or severe pain.

The patient receiving treatment for lower back pain is very comfortable and only requires a small amount of movement. Osteopathic treatment uses very gentle techniques that are tolerated very well by patients in pain.

How to Manage Lower Back Pain

The osteopath may suggest some non-osteopathic pain management measures in addition to osteopathic treatment.

Steps you can take to manage lower back pain include:
- Lessen the repetitive strain
- Rest
- Heat packs
- Stretching daily
- Exercise
- Supplements
- Improve posture

Ways to prevent non-specific lower back pain from overuse:

- Sit less
- Use proper lifting techniques
- Don’t overtrain

Back pain that is recent or severe can be very alarming.

However, it doesn't automatically imply that the condition is serious in nature, will cost a lot to diagnose, or be challenging to treat. The degree of pain isn't always correlated with how serious the injury is.

Accurately determining the origin of the back pain is a key component to a successful course of treatment.

Osteopathic treatment is a clinically proven option to provide drug-free pain relief for lower back pain.

They aim to relieve but also to help you understand so you can prevent it from re-occurring


Melbourne Osteopathy Back Specialists

Providing Osteopathy to Fitzroy North, Fitzroy, Carlton North, Carlton, Abbotsford, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Northcote, Thornbury, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Preston and Fairfield.

Dr Amelia Caunt Osteopath The Neighbourhood Clinic


M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.)MAOA

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M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.), MAOA

Dr Nicholas Arora Osteopath The Neighbourhood Clinic


M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.), MAOA

Benefits Of Osteopathy For Treating Upper Back Pain

Thoracic pain, also known as upper back pain, is a very common type of back pain that can occur on its own or in conjunction with other musculoskeletal problems. The upper back muscles are the most common area of back pain, and osteopaths are skilled at finding the underlying cause and treating the symptoms.

Common Upper Back Pain Causes

Poor Posture

One of the most common causes of muscle and spine tension in the upper back area is poor posture.  After a long day at work, if you experience pain below your neck and around your tailbone, you're probably not sitting up straight. Slouching puts pressure between your shoulder blades and causes flattened back muscles.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Traumatic injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents can cause upper back pain. Rear-end collisions are often linked to upper back pain. In a rear-end accident the head is jarred causing damage to the neck and upper back.

Shoulder Dysfunction

Upper back pain may be caused by shoulder dysfunction, the way your shoulder blade and collarbone function. Due to abnormal compensation through the mid/upper back region, neck and lower back dysfunction can also be connected to upper back pain.

Digestive Issues

Indirect effects on upper thoracic pain can also come from digestive problems and diaphragm tension. Pancreatitis and diverticulitis are two gastrointestinal conditions that can result in back pain. There is a connection between your spine, gallbladder, liver, and stomach. Having digestive problems can have an impact on some of the  nerves connected to your spine thus resulting in back pain.

Tight Muscles

The most frequent cause of pain is tight upper back muscles that are accompanied by stress and dysfunction in the upper spine.

This may also be attributed to rib cage tension, which affects how the ribs move in relation to the spine, the muscles in the back, and the space between the ribs.

Upper Back Pain Symptoms

Pain is frequently experienced between our neck and upper back, and it can move to either or both of your shoulders. Additionally, pain can be felt between the shoulder blades and down either or both sides of the upper spine.

Referred pain up into the neck or down the arm or shoulder can also be a symptom of upper back pain. In some cases, cervicogenic headaches brought on by upper back muscle tension can also occur.

Osteopathic Treatment for Upper Back Pain

In order to relieve muscle tension and pain, osteopathic treatment examines any specific imbalances and dysfunction in the upper back region. Along with that, they address any asymmetry and tension while considering the biomechanics of your shoulder, neck, lower spine, and pelvis.

Osteopaths will give guidance on how to handle any repetitive stress that might be causing your upper back pain. If you have an office job and need to improve the ergonomics of your workspace, one example of this would be to improve your posture at work. Exercises that stretch the muscles may also be advised to help relieve upper back tension.

What to expect from your Osteo consultation →

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