Specialist Fibromyalgia Treatment at Body Back-Up
At Body Back-Up we offer specialist treatment for fibromyalgia at our London and Maidenhead clinics with leading osteopath Robin Lansman. Robin is a former Institute of Osteopathy president, coach, and speaks often on BBC TV and radio about osteopathy and staying healthy.
Fibromyalgia and the resulting pain are very real, and we offer a physical therapy approach to fibromyalgia treatment which may help where more medicinal approaches have failed. Our osteopathic treatment works by breaking the pain-tension cycle, releasing muscles and joints which have built up tension as a result of pain. This enables your body to relax and function more freely, reducing pain and improving your mental health and quality of life.
At our London clinic we work closely with the medical staff at Doctor Today, allowing us preferential access to services such as blood tests and x-rays where necessary. We also provide expert treatment for many of the symptoms resulting from fibromyalgia, such as back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain, and offer Lifestyle Medicine with specialist pharmacist Karen Neil, giving you an opportunity to have a much more in-depth and holistic assessment of your current condition and treatment plan than is typically available from your GP.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic (long-term) condition which can cause pain and muscle stiffness all over the body. The physical symptoms can often lead to other symptoms such as tiredness, difficulty sleeping, difficulty to think clearly, and depression. Fibromyalgia typically affects women aged 30-50. The causes of fibromyalgia are unclear, but it can arise following a physically or emotionally stressful event.
Fibromyalgia can be an extremely debilitating condition, often co-existing with other conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and migraines. In order to maintain quality of life and good mental health, it is essential to be proactive in seeking out effective treatment for fibromyalgia that will combat both the pain and the underlying physical conditions, and help you to stay positive.
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The Chronic Pain Cycle
Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia easily lead to a cycle of pain. Pain and stiffness leads to inactivity and muscle weakness, which in turn leads to less engagement in physical activities which were previously enjoyed. As these activities drop off mental health suffers, as does sleep, making it much more difficult to find the energy and focus to seek activities and treatment which combat the symptoms and break the pain cycle.
Treatments for fibromyalgia often deal with the surface symptoms but do nothing to combat the underlying chronic cycle. Painkillers such as amitriptyline, antidepressants and talking therapies are all very important, but do not break the physical cycle of pain and inactivity. What is required for effective treatment is to address the problem at its root, and professional guidance in designing a bespoke treatment plan with clear goals that can be achieved without feeling demoralised.
Osteopathy for Fibromyalgia - Making a Real Difference
Osteopathy for fibromyalgia takes a different approach to simply masking pain or learning to deal with the symptoms, and focuses instead on breaking the pain cycle by targeting the underlying physical problems. Where tension has accumulated in the body as a result of pain, an osteopathic approach targets this tension directly by releasing and relaxing muscles and joints that have tightened as a result of pain.
For example, it is common to experience pain and stiffness in the shoulder, neck and back as the body tightens up in response to chronic pain. You may also experience Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which can lead to symptoms such as pins and needles in the arms and hands due to tension in the ribs, chest and neck. Osteopathic treatment targets these conditions directly, releasing the stiffness and creating a tangible physical improvement. This in turn allows other parts of the body to relax, reducing pain and improving mental health.
Osteopaths are Allied Health Professionals who also work in musculoskeletal departments of the NHS, and First Contact Practitioners, able to refer you to another service when osteopathy is not the most appropriate method of treatment.
You might also want to take a look at our first visit expectations to see what to expect on your first visit to an osteopath, and this article about osteopathy and chiropractic on Fibromyalgia Action UK.
Our Approach to Fibromyalgia Treatment
We have clinics in West Hampstead and Maidenhead and offer specialist fibromyalgia treatment with leading osteopath Robin Lansman. We are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, and offer treatment in accordance with NICE guidelines.
At the heart of Robin’s fibromyalgia approach is to set achievable goals and make a tangible, measurable difference to your physical condition and pain level. Body Back-Up operate a 6-step treatment process and Robin will ensure you are listened-to and involved in every stage of your treatment, jointly setting targets and working towards a life less affected by pain. You should notice an improvement from the first session, and if for any reason osteopathic treatment is unlikely to be effective in your case, we will refer you to a more appropriate service. We can also advise on lifestyle factors that will help your condition – such as workstation setup if you are currently working – and also offer online video consultations if you wish to obtain a professional and confidential diagnosis without attending a clinic.
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Back Pain Playing Golf
Treating the root cause rather than the symptom
I have visited Robin Lansman and his team for several years after suffering since my late teens with lower back problems. Robin quickly pointed out other areas that could bring on the problems and in actual fact, all the other treatments I had gone through in the past were treating the symptoms rather than the root cause. With a bit of work, and following the exercises, I have reduced my pain to minimal levels, know when things are getting out of balance again and, importantly, know how I can help myself to stop the pain from spiralling out of control.
I cannot recommend Body Back-Up highly enough and have sent several members of my family to Robin so that they can also benefit from his expertise and knowledge.
Robin Lansman was recommended to me by a skiing friend of mine who was watching me struggling with a Locked Back in Klosters. I had been to a sports doctor who, fancy on paper, prodded me, but didn’t actually tell me what to do.
Anyway, I pitched up at Maida Vale and 6 sessions later I am a lot better and my next skiing session was in a different league. Highly recommended!
I emailed Robin Lansman digital photographs of my desk at work and he has tweaked how I sit. Also my bike, which was rejected out of hand as being totally unsuitable such a good idea. As a result my back is miles better.
Body Backup really are very helpful and are highly recommended they will sort you out.
Sports Injury Care
Thank you so much for all your advice and the work you did on my knee and back before the Rome half marathon on Sunday. I completed the race without stopping to walk in 1:54:57, a time I would have been aiming for if I had not been injured, and had the month before the race to train! I really think you helped me achieve this and I am thrilled. Thank you so much.
Spinal Damage – Slipped Vertebrae
Had a long journey so far, with an injury from 2004. Spinal damage – slipped vertebrae (spondy) and torn hip ligament. Had an operation (after 3 years of chiropractic, physio and personal trainer), screws and spacer for my spine. My recovery has been progressing slowly since 2007, but grew frustrated more recently that I still cannot sit, stand or walk comfortably, let alone run.
After 3 sessions with Robin, and maintaining a regular daily schedule of the simple but effective exercises he gave me, my hip pain has greatly reduced, and I am now able to sit, stand, walk and even run comfortably.
I cannot believe the difference these three sessions have made to my mobility and comfort levels. I have known for some time that I needed to retrain muscles to support correct joint movement, but hadn’t found anyone who could help me to achieve this efficiently. Until now. So Happy.
Long Term Back Pain Resolved
I have suffered with back pain for 20 years and seen Consultants, Physio’s & Doctors and none of the advice or treatments helped. Pain relief worked but only to mask the underlying issue. I have probably spent “Thousand of pounds” on medication, private appointments, orthopaedic devices and time off work. AFTER just ONE £45 session my back felt like a “million dollars”. PROPER advice and diagnosis has helped along with my own research. I was not “Power Sold” further treatments, but will be making another appointment next month.
Treatment is a two way responsibility and I am so glad I had finally found a healthcare professional in Karen Phillips, who understood and diagnosed me immediately. Am still waiting for the good effects to wear off! Great nights sleep, drive into work good. Posture issue also identified. The rest is up to me now to maintain and exercise. MANY MANY THANKS I now no longer live in pain or FEAR of back spasm’s.
I was recommended to come to Body Back-Up by my GP. The difference it has made in my life has been tremendous! I have had about six treatments now and whereas I could barely get in or out of the car or stand for any great length of time I now find that my life has changed and I have my fitness back. I have got my life back and my mobility is just so much better now that it was when I first came here to see Robin Lansman. I have got my life back and am able to do all the things I couldn’t do before and in fact have probably never been able to. Thank you!