Why you should stop hiding your pain

Why you should stop hiding your pain

September 11, 2023

In 2022, Osteopathy Australia commissioned a study to find out how the Australian public is managing pain. It revealed that…

  • 1 in 6 Australians (16%) live with chronic pain every day;
  • 1 in 6 tradies (16%) have sought treatment for a work-related injury;
  • Back pain is by far the greatest concern (44%), followed by headaches/migraine (25%), neck (24%) and shoulders (23%).

Living with pain can be incredibly challenging and affect every aspect of your life. We’ve put together the common causes of pain and ways that osteopathy may help.

  1. Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can stem from a number of sources, including musculoskeletal imbalances, injuries, or medical conditions. Osteopaths use a manipulative holistic hands-on approach to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. Treatment involves gentle movements, stretches and pressure applied to specific points on the body to improve joint mobility, reduce muscle tension and enhance blood circulation.

  1. Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common condition affecting millions worldwide. Osteopaths target the underlying causes of this pain by focusing on realigning the spine, relieving muscle tension and improving overall spinal function. Osteopathic manipulation not only provides relief from acute episodes, but it also addresses the root cause(s) of the pain, contributing to long-term management.

  1. Neck and Shoulder Tension

Neck and shoulder pain are often associated with poor posture, repetitive tasks and prolonged periods of sitting, most commonly at a desk. Osteopaths can conduct ergonomic assessments to identify factors contributing to discomfort, they also offer exercises and stretches to alleviate muscle tension and improve posture for long-term management.

Osteopathy may provide relief from pain and improve overall wellbeing; however, it isn’t a quick fix, it’s a long-term plan. The goal of osteopathy is not only to alleviate pain but also to enhance your body’s ability to heal and thrive. Find an osteo today!