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Back Pain and Posture
“Out of sight, behind the back of each one of us is a busy organism which works furiously day and night. It is the spine. We cannot see it, it remains out of mind as we bend, twist, contort and stretch. We only remember it when it aches.”
John Wernham, classical osteopath (student of John Littlejohn) and founder of the John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy
Many people consult an osteopath when they experience back pain or other muscular pain, perhaps caused by unaccustomed exertion, effort or strain. These pains can be symptomatic of a much earlier failure of the structure itself.
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Many of us lead sedentary lives, with many hours spent sitting — at work, whilst driving, or watching TV — and this leads to poor posture. Consequently our muscles work hard trying to compensate, working hard to correct abnormalities. For example, if the muscles in front around the abdomen are weak, then the muscles around the back may have to work very hard to maintain the support necessary for the spinal column.
Locating and treating the pain with painkillers is relatively straightforward — however osteopathy goes deeper to diagnose and treat the underlying causes and altered biomechanics that created the symptoms.
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