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Frequently Asked Questions


Back pain is common. If you or a loved one is suffering you may want to ask your doctor these questions.


Don’t panic! Really, the best thing to do is take control of your situation. Breathe, try and find a comfortable position, and call a friend or family member to help if you are unable to move. Apply an ice pack to the painful area, cover the skin with a tea towel first to protect from ice burn. Apply the cold for 5 minutes at a time with a break of around 2 minutes between each application. You can repeat this as long as necessary but usually three applications are adequate to ease the acute pain. Call The Back Pain Clinic as soon as you can to get an urgent appointment with us.

Osteopathic treatment aims to restore normal body structure and function using mobilisations and osteopathic manipulations. Poor structure of the body from bad posture, injury or strain will affect the how the body functions Good structure means healthy and normal function.

Osteopathic medicine does not cure anything! It is the body that does the ‘curing’. Osteopaths remove the barriers that are stopping the body from working well, so that the body can naturally heal itself.

Osteopaths see a wide variety of conditions in practice but it is your own body that does the treating or healing. Our job is to get your body into the best position to be able to do that. Many patients attend Cram Osteopaths with some kind of musculoskeletal pain or injury, but we also see people who have problems with digestion, anxiety and posture. We treat all ages from newborn babies to the elderly, pregnant women and working professionals and everything in between!

The number and frequency of treatments vary from patient to patient. Most patients see good progress within a week or two. As supporting muscles and ligaments heal, visits may become less frequent. More difficult long-standing cases may require regular visits over many months or years to make lasting changes.

Of course. When developing a care plan, Cram Osteopaths will consider your unique circumstances. There are many ways to treat the body, and techniques will be tailored to best suit to your age, size and any health issues you may have.

Yes. Naturally your osteopath will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery can cause instability above and below the involved areas, this will likely be the focus of your osteopathic care.

Yes. Pregnancy may be one of the best times to benefit from osteopathic care. Treatment methods will be modified according to the mother’s size, weight and condition. Osteopathic care aims to encourage a healthier pregnancy and birth.

Separating each spinal bone, or vertebra, is a special type of soft tissue called a disc. Its fibrous outer ring contains a jelly-like material, and the soft centre serves as a pivot for joint movement. The disc cannot actually slip due to the way it is attached to above and below vertebrae. However it can bulge, tear, herniated, thin prolapse and dry out. A thorough osteopathic examination can help determine if the discs in the spine are the cause of your pain.

A pinched nerve is actually very rare. It’s more likely that a spinal bone will irritate, stretch, rub or chaff a nearby nerve root.  This can then affect the messages sent between the nerve and the brain, which we call an osteopathic lesion, leading to poor function and affected body tissues.

You can have an osteopathic lesion and not know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or even cancer, osteopathic lesions and be present without obvious symptoms. A thorough osteopathic examination can reveal any osteopathic lesions.

Adjustments feel good! Many patients report a sense of well-being and ‘lightness’ after an adjustment/manipulation. Osteopaths are experts in safe and effective adjustments.

No. Generally only the spinal joints that are stuck or ‘locked’ receive adjustments. The spinal joints surrounding these areas that have weakened as a result of compensation can then heal and strengthen.

An osteopathic examination helps to identify the rare individual for whom osteopathic care might not be suited.

No. Some people may be able to make themselves ‘pop’ but that’s not an adjustment! Worse, damage may occur by habitually stressing the joints, muscles and ligaments. Osteopaths receive a minimum of four years of training to ensure that adjustments are safe.

No, each patient is unique and each patients care plan is different. With 24 spinal bones that can each move in 7 directions, not to mention the numerous peripheral joint and muscles in the body, we see a very wide variety of body patterns. Each patients care at Cram Osteopaths is tailored for their age, condition and health goals.

No, osteopaths do not dispense medication. At Cram Osteopaths we often recommend the application of heat or ice packs, known as hydrotherapy, to control painful symptoms. When properly used ice can have an analgesic (pain-killing) effect.

After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with their care with us. These visits can help to support the final stages of healing and detect and resolve new problems before they become an issue. At Cram Osteopaths we offer the very best care and patients who opt to continue their care with ‘maintenance’ treatments usually avoid any further acute episodes of pain and recovery quickly from injuries.

Results do vary. Many patients report long-term changes, including renewed energy and vitality. Naturally, those who have neglected their health or who have delayed taking action may not see lasting changes. Many discover the value of ongoing osteopathic checkups to help avoid a relapse.

If we are unable to find and reduce the underlying cause of your particular health problem, we’ll refer you to other trustworthy specialists who may be able to help. Your health and satisfaction are our only goal.

Your osteopath will begin your initial consultation by going over a detailed history of your condition and medical health. Thereafter a physical examination involving some simple body movements will further aid an accurate diagnosis. In most cases a treatment will take place on the first visit. This usually includes mobilisations of the soft tissue and joints and some osteopathic adjustments.

Your osteopath may ask you to remove some items of clothing to assess the muscle tissues and posture, but if you do not feel comfortable to do this please do let your osteopath know.

Some patients experience almost instant relief, whilst for others it may take a little longer. Most patients notice an improvement in symptoms within a few weeks of beginning treatment with Cram Osteopaths. Every patient recovers at their own pace. Factors which can affect the healing process include your age, your overall health, muscle tone, diet and even your attitude towards your health and treatment.