Serving Ridgefield, Danbury, New Canaan & surrounding areas
Back pain is a very common problem, with reports suggesting as many as 80 percent of Americans will suffer from chronic back pain at some point during their lives. Back pain can be brought on by lifting, moving awkwardly or after an accident. Sometimes it can come on without any specific injury to your back. Stress, depression, posture, weight, sedentary living and poor lifestyle habits can all be significant factors.
Back pain symptoms vary from person to person, and they can range from stiffness, to tenderness, to chronic & debilitating pain. Back pain may come on suddenly, or evolve over time. Patients can experience back pain anywhere along the spine, from the upper neck to the pelvis. Whether the pain stems from a disease, an injury, or an unknown cause, osteopathic treatment can not only relieve the pain, but do so long-term.*
What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopathic medicine is a distinct type of medical practice, as it incorporates the benefits of modern medicine within osteopathic manipulative medicine. The traditional aspect of osteopathy includes prescription drugs, surgery, imaging, and diagnosis & evaluation of disease or injury. Osteopathic treatment emphasizes structure and function, using manipulative techniques to restore proper structure and therefore, function in our Ridgefield, Danbury & New Canaan residents.
Osteopathy’s unique distinction comes from the belief that the body, as a unified whole, can heal itself naturally. Osteopathic doctors focus on achieving overall wellbeing, by focusing on self-healing, disease prevention, and living a healthy lifestyle. Our Ridgefield Osteopathic Physicians (DOs) take a holistic approach by viewing the patient as a whole, rather than targeting a specific area of pain or disease.
Why Osteopathic Medicine for Back Pain?
Osteopathic treatment for all areas of the body typically utilize some form of manipulation. Manipulation allows for the rest and mobilization of all components of the musculoskeletal system, which in turn produces natural processes for self-regulation and healing. Osteopathic medicine has been widely used throughout the Danbury area for treatment of back pain since its creation. Clinical evidence supports the beneficial effects of manipulation for back pain.*
Osteopaths will use a wide range of gentle manual treatments, decided upon based on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Treatment for back pain may involve other areas of the body as well, such as the hips or neck. X-rays, scans or other diagnostic tests may be ordered as needed. In addition to manual treatment done in our office serving Ridgefield, Danbury & New Canaan, osteopathic medicine includes lifestyle advice and an at-home maintenance plan. Your D.O. may talk to you about posture, dieting, exercise, and how to maintain your pain relief outside of the Ridgefield office.
Common Back Conditions We Treat:
- Acute & chronic back pain
- Disc problems
- Mechanical back pain
- Tailbone pain
- Hip pain
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Common Osteopathic Techniques to Treat Back Pain Include:
- Counterstrain – Used to pinpoint the positions of maximum back pain and maximum comfort.
- High-velocity Low-amplitude thrusts (HVLAT) – Similar to chiropractic medicine, an HVLAT is done on the joint to reduce restricted movement.
- Massage – A gentle massage is often used to release tension and promote stimulation in soft tissue and muscles.
- Myofascial Therapy – A type of soft tissue therapy used to release muscular shortness and tightness.
- Muscle Energy – While muscles are being used in a specific position or direction, a counterforce is applied.
- Soft Tissue Mobilization – This type of mobilization is used to engage the area around the spine, through rhythmic stretching, deep pressure, or traction.
Why Choose the Osteopathic Wellness Center?
Unlike other medical practices who capitalize on a patient’s pain by performing expensive treatments, Osteopathic Wellness Center implements gentle and precise hands-on manipulation for our New Canaan patients. Our mission is to ignite the internal healing process, allowing our patients to recover quickly and naturally without traveling outside of the local Danbury area. In addition to simply treating your back pain, we strive to encourage and empower our patients and allow them to live to their fullest potential. *
Links to helpful articles:
- “Back Manipulation May Help Relieve Chronic Pain” by Dr. Mercola, Published on Mercola.com
- “The Best Doctors You’ve Never Heard Of” by Meehan Christ, Published in Prevention Magazine
- “A Comparison of Osteopathic Spinal Manipulation with Standard Care for Patients with Low Back Pain“, Published in The New England Journal of Medicine