Advice and Handy Tips

  • Seek treatment sooner rather than later, if you are unsure ring and speak to us .Patient's often say, "we wish we had come sooner".
  • Keep moving! Many people think they should take to their beds, with a back pain, this often causes them to seize up further. Keep moving gently and slowly aim to change position every 30-60 minutes.
  • Avoid low soft seats like sofas as these are difficult to get up and down from. Instead sit on higher, firmer chairs with back and arm rests.
  • When getting up and down or turning in bed with back pain, pull your tummy muscles in tight to help protect your back as you move.
  • ICE - Use ice packs rather than heat, heat is soothing but can aggravate any inflammation at the site of pain or injury. DO NOT APPLY ice directly to the skin wrap an ice pack or bag of frozen peas in a tea towel first.
  • When resting lie on your side with a pillow between your legs, this allows the back muscles to get some support and therefore relax.

Immediately after an injury use the following tips:

  • Rest- to prevent further injuries
  • Ice the sore area- 10 minutes per hour make sure the ice pack is wrapped in a small towel
  • Elevate - to aid drainage for example rest your leg on a chair


  • It is not uncommon to experience some soreness 24-48 hours after treatment, this is because we have been working on sore muscles to release them.
  • If after treatment you have any concerns we encourage patients to ring us straightaway to discuss them, rather than worry if everything is ok.


Useful Links

Arthritis research UK
General Osteopathic Council
Institute of Osteopathy (IO)
Osteopathic Clinic for Children
British School of Osteopathy