Lumbago and osteopathy: Effective?

therapist lumbago treatment

Le lumbago, kidney tower or, lumbago town is a pain located in the lower back and requiring many drug treatments but also manuals such asosteopathy.

But then, is it really effective in treating a lumbago ? How can she treat lumbago? Answers in this article.

 Lumbago, short reminder

Le lumbago is the medical term for pain in the lower back. It is a strong pain, occurring in a way acute and causing a feeling of blocking » at the level of the pelvis.

This is a very common problem, since up to 80% of elderly people between 30 and 70 years declare that they have already had common low back pain and that it represents the first cause of sick leave in people under 45 .

Common low back pain is the consequence of a inflammatory process affecting the muscles, tendons and joints located at the level of the lumbar region.

It generally appears following an unfortunate movement or a banal daily gesture such as a sneeze or an a coughing fit. However, it may be due to visceral damage, the pain of which is projected at the lumbar level.

Role of osteopathy in general

THEosteopathy is a discipline that is part of the care professions. It is a medicine using the manual manipulations and consisting in diagnosing and treating mobility limitations that may affect the human body and lead to functional disorders.

THEosteopath considers the body and its functions as a whole where each part is connected to the other, and that the functional impairment of one of them has an impact on the rest of the organism. Thus, the main role of the osteopath is to restore and ensure a good balance in the human body.

Osteopathy is practiced only with the hands and consists only of manipulations external to muscles, tendons and joints. It does not require any drug prescription and does not use any physical agent.

You can use osteopathy:

  • Preventively before the appearance of disorders by relaxing the muscles in order to avoid the occurrence of pain and functional disorders.
  • When you suffer from pain, a blockage or a functional deficit due to muscle, joint or tendon damage such as lumbago, tendonitis, sciatica or a torticollis.
  • Downstream of a painful crisis to strengthen the muscles and avoid recurrences.

The osteopath supports many reasons for consultation, such as joint, muscle and tendon pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis, articular rheumatism, sprain, tendonitis, neuralgia or radiculalgia, lumbago, muscle tears, etc.

It can also intervene in case of digestive disorders, sleep, blood circulation or following a trauma that has caused immobilization and functional impairment.

How can the osteopath treat lumbago?

There are four main forms of manipulation in osteopathy:

  • Functional handling: its objective is to mobilize the tissues in order to generate a relaxation allowing the body to call upon a power of self-healing which will make it possible to treat the attack;
  • La visceral manipulation : it consists in relaxing the muscular structures and ligaments surrounding the various viscera present in the abdomen such as the liver, the spleen or the intestines in order to ensure their optimal functioning;
  • Structural manipulation: it is a technique focusing on the skeleton and the muscles by pressing on very specific places in order to release certain blockages and thus relieve pain;
  • The cranial manipulation : this involves manipulating different muscles of the skull and face in order to take care of disorders linked to tensions that can be localized there, such as migraine, sinusitis or even dizziness.

In order to process a lumbago, the osteopath must therefore, first of all, become aware of the cause of the latter in order to set up a strategy and determine the type of manipulations necessary for the management of low back pain.

As you will have understood, in osteopathy, it is not only a question of managing pain but of restoring all thebody balance to reduce any risk of chronicity and recurrences.

The osteopath will focus on the posture in order to correct it. Indeed, many cases of lumbago are due to unsuitable postures when performing certain tasks.

It will relax and relax the muscles and tendons in order to reduce tension; he will help to relax the joints located at the level of the back and the pelvis and finally he will give advice and tips to avoid a new episode of lumbago.


Although osteopathy represents a very good option for the management of lumbago, it is possible to have to start by taking a medical treatment analgesic to reduce pain as much as possible.

Once this step has been completed, it is possible to turn to other medical alternatives called " fresh " or " Nature to obtain lasting results and avoid re-experiencing such an episode:

  • Physiotherapy : therapy treating pain and other disorders (respiratory, circulatory and digestive) by movement, physiotherapy and physical agents, this technique needs no introduction. She uses active mobilizations ou passives as well as Massages to treat and prevent all types of pain and in particular lumbago.
  • Etiopathy: it is a technique using only the hands and analyzing the reasons and etiologies of a disorder in order to take charge of them and thus cure the disorder by treating its cause. It is gentle manipulations and meticulous measures aimed at reducing or even eliminating dysfunctions to restore normal functioning to the body.
  • Chiropractic: also named chiropractic, it is a discipline related to health aimed at diagnosing, treating and preventing damage to the neuro-musculoskeletal system. It is practiced using manual manipulations centered on the spine, pelvis and joints in order to adjust them. This adjustment is intended to remove interference from the nervous system that may interfere with the innate capacity for self-healing.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine: this medicine is based on the identification of a meridian affected, which is an invisible channel conducting a substance (energy, blood, organic liquids or even vital essence), and an internal organ affected by a perverse external energy such as cold. Once these latter elements have been identified, specific points of toning or dispersion will be stimulated to ensure the functional rebalancing of the affected area.       

What about natural remedies?

Although they are not supported by solid scientific evidence, several natural products and home remedies are used to treat back pain associated with lumbago, especially for their anti-inflammatory power.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of plants and essential oils that are effective in controlling pain and inflammation. The products are available on the site Country. Use promo code LOMBAFIT15 if you wish to obtain one of the following products, or any remedy aimed at relieving your symptoms and improving your quality of life:

  • Turmeric. Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers very powerful, turmeric is one of the most used plants in a culinary and therapeutic context. The composition of turmeric is essentially made of essential oils, vitamins (B1, B2, B6, C, E, K) and trace elements. But it is to its composition rich in curcumin and curcuminoids that we owe them and calm skin of this spice.
  • Ginger. In addition to the special flavor it brings to the kitchen and its aphrodisiac properties, ginger is a root well known for its anti-inflammatory powers. the gingerol gives it its anti-inflammatory action. It is an active component acting on the inflammatory pain related to chronic joint inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, rheumatic diseases, etc. It has been proven that this active element is also effective in acting on the inflammation linked to arthritis and sciatica. Ginger also has other benefits thanks to its high potassium content and its richness in trace elements (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium) and vitamins (provitamin and vitamin B9).
  • Omega-3s. Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids that play a very important role in the functioning of our body. They are provided by food in three natural forms: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Beyond their action on the brain and the cardiovascular system, omega-3s prove very effective against inflammation. Indeed, they have the ability to act on the inflammatory mechanisms in osteoarthritis by slowing down cartilage destruction, thus they reduce the intensity of osteoarthritis pain. Sciatica, being most often linked to an inflammation secondary to a herniated disc, it can also respond to omega-3 provided it is consumed regularly. 
  • Lemon eucalyptusEucalyptus is a plant most often used in the form of herbal tea or essential oil. She would have anti-inflammatory effects which give it the ability to act on the bone and joint pain in general and the pain of sciatica in particular.
  • wintergreen. Wintergreen is a shrub from which a very interesting essential oil is extracted. It is one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy. This oil extracted from the shrub bearing the same name, is used in massage to relieve sciatica and act like a analgesic. Indeed, it provides a heating effect thanks to its ability toactivate blood circulation locally.


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