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Back Pain Treatment in Fulham

Common Causes Of Back Pain

80% of us will deal with Back Pain in our lifetime and it is the #1 reason for missing work in the UK. The main causes include:
Injury related issues just as lifting, sport and physical exertion.
Structural issues that can be age related that include ruptured or herniated discs, arthritis & osteoporosis.
Movement and postural issues that place stress on the spine. E.g. reaching or stretching unnaturally or sitting in a slouched or hunched position.
High risk factors such as smoking, excess weight, poor physical fitness, genetics and other related medical conditions.

Back Pain Explained In Plain English

Back pain affects your movement due to a combination of issues with your muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves.

It ranges from an annoying niggle that comes and goes, to a massive back spasm that has you flat on the floor.

Persistent back pain can have a big effect on your mood, and unsurprisingly has been linked to depression.

It should be noted that back pain can resolve with time, rest or exercise.

However, if ignored, small issues can add up over time.

So What Are The Major Causes Of Back Pain?

All of the below causes of back pain can be safely and effectively treated with osteopathy:

Injury Related

Back pain commonly stems from strains, tension or injury

The main causes are lifting improperly or lifting something too heavy. Also abrupt and awkward movements sustained during sport or physical exertion.

Structural Problems

These problems are caused by underlying issues, often age related through wear and tear, that impact your back.

Ruptured and bulging discs: The jelly-like discs that cushion our vertebrae rupture or bulge, placing pressure on a nerve and causing pain.

Sciatica: Simply a bulging or herniated disc placing pressure on the sciatic nerve (the largest one in our body). Read more about that here.

Arthritis: Commonly the onset of arthritis occurs after your mid 40’s. Osteoarthritis is when the protective cartilage that protects your bones breaks down, causing pain, swelling and movement issues.

Curvature of the spine: If your back curves in an unusual way, to one side for example, back pain can result. You can read more about postural correction here.

Osteoporosis: This is when the bones, including vertebrae of the spine, become brittle and porous thus making compression fractures more likely.

Movement & Postural Issues

There are a variety of examples of how these can trigger back pain:

  • A hunched seating position.
  • Twisting, coughing or sneezing.
  • Muscle tension, possibly stress related.
  • Over stretching and bending awkwardly for long periods of time.
  • Standing or sitting for long periods.
  • Straining the neck forward when driving or using a computer.
  • Sleeping on a mattress that does not support you properly.

Other Causes

Here are a list of other potential issues:

Cauda equina syndrome: A bunch of spinal nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord that result in a dull pain in the lower back and upper buttocks all the way through to the buttocks, genitalia and thighs.

Cancer of the spine: A tumor on the spine can press on a nerve, resulting in back pain.
Infections: An infection of the spice, a pelvic inflammatory disease, bladder or kidney infection.

Sleep disorder: People with sleep disorders are prone to back problems.
Excess weight: Our bodies are designed to carry only so much weight. Excessive weight places stress on our bodies that can result in back pain.

How Does An Osteopath Treat Back Pain?

An Osteopath will only use their hands and brain to skilfully and logically assess your symptoms. We train for many years to feel what is normal and what is in trouble, and Osteopathy is a fantastic method for getting your body back in tip-top shape again.

We don’t use machines or ask you to do endless exercises that you find difficult and don’t help. We just get your body working properly by aligning everything, and getting the parts talking to each other. Treatment is typically very gentle and relaxing. Healing comes naturally without drugs or surgery.

This means you can be well in a truly natural way by assisting the miracle of your body healing itself.

And here's the best bit... By fixing the root cause of your problems, frequently people find that related issues that are connected also show drastic improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected.

What to expect when you come to see us
Patient Consultation
Treatment Time
Your initial visit will be 1hr and if required, your subsequent visits will be 30 mins.
Patient Consultation
No. Of Visits
Most people come for 3-5 visits which can be more or less depending on your needs.
Patient Consultation
Receive personalised exercises to help you get better quicker, reducing the number of required visits.

Osteopath Reviews 

From clients benefiting from a better quality life

Melinda goes above and beyond and I feel very lucky to have met her. She has been treating my son for the last 10 months. After each session, we notice big improvements as Melinda helps him being more comfortable within his body in order to achieve his next developmental milestone. Melinda leverages her knowledge and experience to adapt to her patients needs, treating a baby isn’t easy but she always finds a way. Plus she always makes sure I understand how she is working with my son and share with me some things that we can do at home in between the sessions. Her kindness is just the cherry on the cake :)
Pascaline Dubosc
Pascaline Dubosc
21:56 19 May 22
Best specialists!Dr Andy , Melinda ,Verena.All highly recommended.It’s been 6 years since we know the clinic and never thought of visiting any other place.So attentive and caring every person working there.Both kids, husband and myself- enjoy every visit.
Olga Shagaleeva
Olga Shagaleeva
17:11 19 May 22
I strongly recommend Fulham Osteopaths. Senior Osteopath Verena treated both myself and my newborn shortly after birth. We were both treated very gently and attentively and we both left feeling a lot better- my hip pain disappeared and babies tensions from birth were released. Thank you Verena! 🙏
Hadar Lioz
Hadar Lioz
12:36 19 May 22
We’ve been working with Verena to help with some long term covid issues and she has been wonderful. Very caring and thorough and puts us at complete ease with her thoughtful demeanour. She really listens and always responds with new suggestions to help improve the situation.
Hazel Galloway
Hazel Galloway
17:39 17 May 22
We chose to go to an osteopath after our little one suffered from reflux as well being an unstable lie during pregnancy, so he was very tense with an uncomfortable posture. After the first session with Katie along with myself and my husband doing the exercises given by Katie in between, we noticed a huge difference, we now have a very happy baby. We could not recommend Katie enough. She put us at ease and explained everything. We will definitely go back to Katie should we have any issues in the future.
Claire Stanton
Claire Stanton
09:03 17 May 22
Verena is amazing. The hip pain and pelvic floor dysfunction I had been working on with a physiotherapist for over a year was relieved almost immediately! I have hEDS and particularly recommend her for those with hypermobility also.
Nat Hollywood
Nat Hollywood
18:02 13 May 22
Verena was absolutely lovely and very gentle with my baby. He was always unusually calm and relaxed by the end of a session. Thoroughly recommend.
Sarah Morris
Sarah Morris
19:15 11 May 22
I use Verena who has been flawless. Got rid of my back pain within a few sessions. Provided expert ongoing advice to increase my strength and mobility. Very response on emails and over the phone for appointments. Highly recommend.
Jack Gawthrop
Jack Gawthrop
18:44 09 May 22
I went to visit Elyse, practically unable to walk. The pain in my knee was unbearable and couldn’t take weight and it felt like I’d done some irreparable damage. Within an hour - she had fixed me and given me some brilliant but short and easy exercises. I can’t recommend her enough
14:54 09 May 22
I visited Fulham Osteopaths for a treatment as entering my 3rd trimester of pregnancy has caused me some signifiant back stiffness. I was lucky enough to be treated by Melinda, the owner. I love the passion and nurturing approach she has and the focus on a holistic and natural side of treatment. It felt like she directed my body to find the balance and solve the issues. Instant improvement! I can highly recommend the place. The passion for improving people's lives and high quality customer service is visible from the moment you enter the place. Highly, highly recommended!
Agata Dudo
Agata Dudo
16:58 07 May 22

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