Research evidence shows that these manipulations can have beneficial effects, especially in the back, helping you to return to normal activity. About half of those who suffer an episode of back pain will have a recurrence of symptoms within a few years. Your osteopath can give you advice about what to do and how to keep active if your pain does return. Stress can increase the amount of pain you feel by magnifying the effect of tension and muscle spasms. Your osteopath may talk to you about breathing and relaxation exercises to help relieve this tension.
Osteopaths are highly trained professionals who are skilled in diagnosing problems, including those which may require further investigation. Back pain is not normally caused by anything serious, though it is natural to worry about what may be causing your symptoms. Your osteopath will always complete a routine examination that checks for more serious diagnoses and will advise and discuss with you on any further action that might be required.