Back Pain & Lower Back Pain

Back pain and lower back pain are two of the most common conditions treated by Edinburgh osteopath Helen How at the How Osteopathic Clinic, Edinburgh. With over 35 years experience of treating back pain & lower back pain Helen is experienced in  using a range of osteopathic techniques to alleviate the discomfort of the most common forms of back pain.

About Back Pain

What Causes Back Pain & Lower Back Pain?

Back pain and lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting and osteopath.

It is estimated that four out of five people will suffer from back and lower back pain at some point in their lives. Causes of back pain are varied, but in the majority of cases the causes are linked to the way in which the bones, muscles and ligaments in the back work together.

Most of the time back pain is not caused by serious injury or disease but by minor sprains and injuries; overuse of muscles during sports or gardening, or pinching and irritation of the nerves caused by our everyday activities like bending, stretching or lifting heavy objects. Our lifestyle choices can also contribute to back problems; too many hours spent sitting hunched up in front of a computer or driving long distances and even keeping fit can all contribute to back pain.

Medical Causes of Back Pain

Sometimes back pain is a symptom of an underlying medical condition such as sciatica, arthritis or rheumatism. If you are experiencing back pain or lower back pain it is a good idea to visit your GP to rule out any more serious complaints. Your osteopath Helen How will also refer you to your doctor should she feel that this is necessary and will work with your GP or consultant to create a personalised rehabilitation programme which may include osteopathic treatment, pain management techniques and gentle exercise.

Why is Osteopathy Effective In Treating Back Pain?

The emphasis on the role of the musculoskeletal system in maintaining well-being means that osteopathy is extremely effective in treating back pain. Problems in the back and pressure on specific nerve roots can disturb the functioning of the body, causing pain and discomfort throughout the entire body.
The holistic approach to osteopathic treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic ensures that each patient is viewed as an individual and treatment may use a variety of osteopathic techniques; ranging from traditional osteopathy and cranial osteopathy to more modern osteopathic treatments such as Magnetolith EMTT, Vibrotherapy and Shockwave Therapy; all of which are designed to correct and realign the mechanical structure and to enable the body to stimulate it’s own healing processes.

Osteopathy can be used to treat the causes of back pain and lower back including:


Back Pain


Lower Back Pain




Hip and Groin Pain

Patient Feedback

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"I had a back problem & had tried various physios including physio from a private Edinburgh hospital through my private health care. The treatment I was receiving from them was making me worse. I was at my lowest & in a lot of pain when my Pilates teacher told me about Helen... From the moment I met Helen she has helped me get through one of the worst experiences of my life. Helen has helped me get through a operation & with her machines she has helped me pre and post op. Without Helen I wouldn't have made the recovery I have made. Helen has helped me physically & mentally & has been there for me 24/7 when I have needed her. I cannot put into words how special Helen is. I have never met a professional who cares so much about their patients. This lady is a angel & it scares me to think where I would be had I not received treatment from her."

Donna Graham, Edinburgh