Phoenix Business Centre,
Unit 8, Phoenix Court,
Phoenix Road,
Barrow in Furness,
Cumbria
LA14 2UA
Tel: 01229 600593
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Back Pain
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Lower back pain has reached epidemic proportions in the western world. Research shows that 60% of the UK's population will suffer from it at some stage during their lives.

The trouble with back pain is that it can do more than just give you a pain in the back. It can create difficulties with walking, sitting, bending and lifting. It can also be the cause of pain in the buttocks, groin or legs (commonly called sciatica), in the head, neck, shoulders and arms. It can also be one of the effects of hip, knee and foot problems.

Osteopathic treatment cab be effective in correcting problems caused by back pain. Speedy access to osteopathic care for acute patients often averts the possibility of conditions becoming chronic.

Back pain responds well to osteopathic treatment - reducing pain and restoring mobility and quality of life.


Work Related Disorders
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Significant types of illnesses due to work are disorders of the muscles, tendons and joints (particularly in the back, hands and arms). Symptoms vary from mild aches and pains to severe pain and disability.

Problems caused by manual handling and lifting include muscle and tendon injuries, intervertebral disc lesions ('slipped disc'), and sciatica.

Problems caused by forceful or repetitive movements include carpal tunnel syndromes, Tenosynovitis, Peritendinitis, Medial Epicondylitis ('golfer's elbow'), Lateral Epicondylitis ('tennis elbow') and mouse wrist.

Problems caused by unsuitable posture or repetitive movements include low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, computer hump and repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Osteopaths regularly treat work related disorders and can advise on correct posture and movement, and can give instruction on back care and preventative exercises.

Sports Injuries
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Whether you're an enthusiastic amateur or an elite professional, an osteopath can help with the prevention and treatment of common sporting injuries.

These may include pains and strains such as; low back pain (with or without sciatica), muscle and ligament injuries, knee pain (including lack of mobility and degenerative conditions), shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries and foot and ankle complaints.

Functional complaints may include reduced joint flexibility (e.g. suffered by golfers who can't rotate as well as they used to) and mechanical limitations.

Injuries can be caused by overuse such as tennis and golfer's elbow, jumper's knee, tenosynovitis and tendonitis.

Recurrent injuries may be due to an underlying problem, such as postural changes, as a result of old injuries that have not been resolved. These changes can lead to compensatory muscular imbalances and joint restriction. Both of which can be identified, and treated, by skilled osteopathic assessment.

Osteopathy is a natural approach to healthcare and an ideal treatment for most sports injuries.


Arthritic and Rheumatic Pain
Broadly, arthritis may be divided into two types – degenerative and inflammatory. Degenerative or OSTEOARTHRITIS is the commonest form, sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ and is usually localised to a specific site such as the hips, knees or spine. Its classic features of pain, stiffness and restricted mobility may often be eased and improved with skilled osteopathic treatment.

Inflammatory arthritis such as RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS is generally a systemic disease affecting not just joints but the whole body. This is managed medically by a Hospital Rheumatology Consultant and their team and usually requires medication to control the inflammatory process. Like osteoarthritis it produces severe pain, stiffness and often deformity.

Osteopaths spend a large amount of their time dealing with the pain and suffering caused by arthritis.

Osteopathic treatment can help reduce pain, ease swelling and improve mobility and range of joint movement. Treatment is aimed at improving mobility and reducing inflammation by using gentle, manual osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments. You will be given positive advice related to your lifestyle and about how you use your body.

Pain Relief
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
One of the main purposes of osteopathy is pain relief. Osteopathy helps people of all ages who suffer from pain, tackling complaints from trapped nerves (e.g. sciatica and neuralgia), frozen shoulder and whiplash injury, to sprains and strains. The osteopath's role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient's mobility in order to make life more comfortable.

Pain can affect many areas of the body, but particularly the lower back, head, neck, joints and legs. Much long-term, recurrent pain is caused by degenerative changes to the body's framework. Nobody can reverse this process of ageing, but osteopathic treatment may still ease pain. Pain control is an important part of treatment and osteopaths give guidance on simple self-help methods to use at home.

Whether the pain has arisen through an accident or fall or whether as a result of faulty posture Osteopathic treatment can be effective in dealing with the problem.

The skilled techniques of osteopathy can often allow you a speedy return to normal activity. If you have had a pain for a long time, and other forms of treatment have not helped, osteopathic treatment can be beneficial, although it may require time and patience.


Other Treatable Symptoms
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
  • Arthritic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inability to relax
  • Aches and pains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip/Knee
  • Acute/Chronic Neck pain
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Migraine
  • Joint pains
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Acute low back pain
  • Neck related headaches or dizziness (Cervicogenic)
  • Knee pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Whiplash associated disorders
  • Shoulder girdle pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cramp
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Neuralgia