Understanding the Treatment of Back Pain

Maintenance Care vs. Symptom-Guided Treatment

If you suffer from recurrent or persistent low back pain, you know how disruptive it can be. While exercise and education are proven ways to prevent new episodes or lessen their impact, osteopaths often recommend a strategy called Maintenance Care. This approach aims to keep low back pain at bay before it becomes a problem again. A recent study explored whether  Maintenance Care is more effective than only treating symptoms when they arise
Study Method

In this study, 328 patients aged 18-65 with non-specific low back pain who initially responded well to osteopathic/chiropractic care were selected. They were split into two groups: one received Maintenance Care, while the other group received treatment based only on their symptoms. The effectiveness was measured by tracking the number of days each patient experienced bothersome low back pain over a year, using weekly text message check-in


The findings were compelling. The group receiving Maintenance Care had significantly fewer days with bothersome low back pain (about 13 days less over the course of a year) compared to those in the symptom-guided group. However, the Maintenance Care group did require more frequent treatments.


So, what does this mean for those with recurrent or persistent low back pain? Maintenance Care appears to be a more effective strategy to reduce the number of painful days. For those who respond well to initial osteopathic or chiropractic treatments, Maintenance Care can be a valuable option to keep low back pain from returning or worsening.

Why Regular Osteopathic Treatments Matter

  1. Preventive Care: Regular osteopathic treatments can identify and address potential issues before they become serious problems. Just like you wouldn’t wait for your car to break down before getting a tune-up, your body also benefits from proactive care. This can help you avoid future pain and discomfort.
  2. Improved Mobility and Flexibility: Routine osteopathic care keeps your joints, muscles, and spine in optimal condition. This not only helps maintain your current level of activity but can also enhance your performance in daily tasks and physical activities, leading to a more active and fulfilling lifestyle.
  3. Boosted Immune System: Osteopathic treatments promote better circulation and lymphatic drainage, which are crucial for a robust immune system. Regular sessions can help your body fight off illnesses more effectively and keep you healthier throughout the year.
  4. Enhanced Mental Well-being: Chronic pain and tension can take a toll on your mental health. By maintaining your body’s health through regular osteopathic care, you can experience reduced stress and anxiety levels, leading to an improved overall sense of well-being and a more positive outlook on life.
  5. Holistic Health Approach: Osteopathy focuses on treating the whole body, not just isolated symptoms. This holistic approach can help you achieve a better balance and harmony within your body, improving your quality of life in various unexpected ways.

By integrating regular osteopathic treatments into your health regimen, you’re not only investing in immediate pain relief but also in long-term well-being and vitality. Don’t wait until pain disrupts your life; embrace the proactive approach and enjoy the countless benefits of maintaining your body’s health with regular osteopathic care.

If you’re struggling with low back pain, discussing Maintenance Care with your osteopath or ABC practitioner might be worth considering. This proactive approach could help you enjoy more pain-free days throughout the year.

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