Osteopathic Manipulation to Relieve Chronic Back Pain

Osteopathy is a holistic and natural method of treatment that utilizes approaches like; gentle manipulation of joints to restore optimal anatomical alignment and soft tissue massaging to release stress and tension from the soft tissues. Various research studies and surveys have suggested that osteopathic manipulation in the hands of an expert can alleviate chronic pain and discomfort.

According to a new study, more than 63% people reported moderate to significant improvement in the symptoms of backache with osteopathic manipulation.

BACK PAIN – PREVALENCE AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY:

According to estimates, 8 of 10 Americans are at risk of developing back pain at some point of their life. About 30% individuals develop chronic back pain (lasting for more than 6 months). Unfortunately, poorly managed back pain can adversely compromise the quality of life and forces the affected population to consume hazardous pain-killers, steroid injections, and other temporary pain relief tactics. However, most pain relief agents do not address the core cause of pain.

Therefore, if you are suffering from acute or chronic pain as a result of injury, disease, or congenital defect, speak to an osteopathic doctor to cure the root cause.

HOW DOES OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATION ADDRESS BACK PAIN?

Osteopathic manipulation exerts their action by restoring the natural anatomical and physiological balance of all musculoskeletal elements. Did you know that about 2/3rd of our body mass is made up of bones, connective tissue framework, nerves, blood vessels, tendons, and joints? More importantly, all connective tissue elements (as the name implies) are interconnected, so injury or inflammation of one joint or muscle also affects surrounding structures. For example, if your tendons or muscles in the foot are inflamed or injured, the hazardous effects will also involve the surrounding structures such as legs, knees and hip joint by affecting your gait and ability to move; in turn increasing the risk of injury of surrounding musculoskeletal structures as well.

According to the results of a new research trial, investigators analyzed the results of popular holistic treatments on a study group comprising of 455 individuals with a positive history of chronic back pain.  Each participant was randomly assigned to either of 3 groups;

Each participant received one of the above therapies for a period of 8 weeks. After the completion of the study, about 63% patients who received osteopathic manipulation therapy reported moderate improvement in the back-pain symptoms. About 50% reported substantial improvement in the symptoms.

WHY ARE DRUGS NOT A SUITABLE CHOICE FOR BACK PAIN MANAGEMENT?

As discussed previously, most painkillers such as Acetaminophen, NSAIDs and opioids are only helpful at suppressing the pain symptoms. This also means that once the drug is degraded by the metabolic processes in your body, the discomfort will come back and you will have to take the pain-killer again to alleviate discomfort. Additionally, most pain-killers are associated with a variety of complications such as peptic ulcer, gastric bleeding, renal diseases, liver disorders, heart diseases and so forth.

Do not suffer in silence; schedule an appointment today with Dr. Hoang and find relief from your chronic back pain without developing any additional complications.

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References:

  1. Licciardone, J. C., Minotti, D. E., Gatchel, R. J., Kearns, C. M., & Singh, K. P. (2013). Osteopathic manual treatment and ultrasound therapy for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. The Annals of Family Medicine, 11(2), 122-129.
  2. Van Tulder, M. W., Koes, B. W., & Bouter, L. M. (1997). Conservative treatment of acute and chronic nonspecific low back pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials of the most common interventions. Spine, 22(18), 2128-2156.
 

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