Osteopathy and Pilates treatment for back pain

Located in the Western suburb of Footscray, the TWD Clinic Osteopathy and Clinical Pilates method for treating low back pain, hip pain and any problems in the knee, ankle or foot, always starts with a very simple test.

We assess for any lack of symmetry in weight bearing on both legs – it’s a very simple test, but extremely sensitive because it tells us exactly where the problem is. The test is a dynamic side flexion to each side – this highlights any lack of coordinated motion at any part of the lower back, hip, knee, ankle and foot.

As you can imagine, any problem that causes uneven weight bearing will eventually mean that one side has to do more work, while the other side gets relatively weak. The method for treating this problem varies according to individual circumstances, but the normal progression is to begin with Osteopathic treatment to normalise all joint range of motion and then on to Pilates based functional exercises to improve strength and coordination.

So what does this do? This method is effective for so many problems, but here is a list of the most common ones we see: low back pain, disc bulge/prolapse, arthritis in the hips, knees and spine, ITB syndrome, sciatica, and recurrent hamstring strain, to name just a few.

Why is this different? The systematic assessment directs how we will treat, what we will treat, and also tells us when we have successfully treated the problem. It removes the guesswork – and this is the reason why people come from all over Melbourne to see us at our Footscray clinic.