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Osteopathy, Back Pain, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham

Back Pain

Most of us will be affected by back pain at some point in our lives. For some, the discomfort is unpleasant but short-lived.  For others, however, the pain can be severe, protracted, and even disabling.

What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain – particularly lower back pain – is probably the most common issue that we see and treat in patients.

Lower back pain refers to pain occurring in the area known as the lumbar region of the spine. Some people refer to this as “lumbago”, but this is more of a generalist term and has been largely replaced in recent years by more specific descriptions.

Symptoms vary from stiffness and aching to a sharp/severe pain, and it affects people of all ages and of all lifestyles. In fact, almost everyone will suffer from back pain at some point in their lifetime. Not surprisingly, for some people, chronic back pain can be highly debilitating and mentally draining.

The list of causes of back pain are many and varied but the most common are:

  • Sciatica
  • Joint Restrictions
  • Disc Injuries (“slipped-disc”)
  • Muscle Strains

We specialise in diagnosing and treating back pain using a range of advanced, modern treatments.

These include osteopathy, shockwave therapy, therapeutic massage, dry needling, and our in-house infra-red sauna.

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Causes of Back Pain, Origin Health Cheltenham

What Causes Joint Restrictions or Facet Locks?

Every vertebra in your back has a small joint called a facet.  These joints are designed to allow your spine to move freely.

Unfortunately, a joint can sometimes “lock-up”, either because you’ve suffered an injury, or because you’ve not been moving at all! 

In fact, the most common causes of lower back pain are poor posture and/or being seated for long periods, such as in a car or at a workstation. 

That’s why if you are sitting down, we recommend taking regular breaks, to stand and stretch.

If one or more facets lock up their movement will be restricted, causing the muscles surrounding them to become tight and even spasm.   

At Origin Health, we have a range of advanced treatments to unlock these joint/s and quickly relieve your pain.  Our osteopathic treatment combines deep soft tissue massage and sometimes joint manipulation.

What Happens if You “Slip a Disc”?

To “slip” a disc is actually a misnomer! 

Vertebrae are separated by discs, which are made from a gel-like substance. They cushion your spinal column along its length and help absorb shocks.

If excessive pressure put on a disc, through lifting and/or twisting, the disc can “bulge”.  If the bulge increases the disc can tear, causing a herniated or prolapsed disc (the so-called “slipped” disc).

If this pushes on a nerve, the pain can increase markedly, and even travel down your leg (sciatica).

Osteopathic treatment includes deep soft tissue massage, articulation and stretches to take the pressure off the disc and/or the nerves, and joint manipulation may also be warranted.  

Once the practitioner considers it is time to move towards onward recovery, then options such as exercise rehabilitation, yoga and Pilates can be explored.

Severe disc injuries may need steroid injections, or even surgery.

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Osteopathy, Back Pain, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham

Is My Back Pain a Strained Muscle?

A muscle strain, or pulled muscle, occurs when a muscle in your back is overstretched or torn.

This is usually caused by fatigue, overuse, or improper use of a muscle.

Minor muscle strains can take anything from a few days to a couple of weeks to heal. 

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Osteopathy, Origin Health, Cheltenham


Osteopathy aims to improve the function of the body and reduce pain using a variety of evidence-based techniques including soft tissue massage, gentle-focused manipulation and rehabilitation advice.

Great for:

Low back pain & Sciatica | Neck & Shoulder pain | Knee pain | Foot & ankle pain | Jaw pain | Elbow pain
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Physiotherapists help people affected by injury or illness by using a variety of techniques such as movement and exercise, manual hands-on therapy, education and advice.

Great for:

Low back pain & Sciatica | Neck & Shoulder pain | Knee pain | Foot & ankle pain | Jaw pain | Elbow pain | Sports Injuries
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Shoulder treatment, Sports Massage, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Sports Therapy & Sports Massage

Sports therapists are experts in musculoskeletal disorders, treating pain and injury through hands-on techniques and rehabilitation. Sports massage works on deeper tissues than therapeutic massage and is highly effective at both treating and preventing injuries.

Great for:

Promotes healing  | Faster recovery  | Enhances endurance  | Increases flexibility  | Injury prevention 
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Ultrasound Scans, Origin Health Group, Elkstone Studios, Elkstone, Cheltenham

Ultrasound Scans

Ultrasound imaging allows real-time fast diagnosis of injuries, enabling the practitioner to view many tendons, ligaments and muscle injuries.

Great for:

Tendon & Muscle Tears | Osteoarthritis | Joint Injuries

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Ultrasound-guided cortisone injections, Origin Health Group, Cheltenham

Corticosteroid Injections

Corticosteroid injections are used when there is chronic inflammation within a joint or around a tendon that is not settling within normal time limits, typically 8-12 weeks.

Injections are guided using ultrasound by our expert MSK physiotherapist and sonographer, Jonathan Wride.

Great for:

Wrist Pain | Elbow Pain | Osteoarthritis | Frozen Shoulders | Rotator Cuff Pain | Acromioclavicular Joint Pain | Heel Pain | Morton’s Neuroma
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Hyaluronic acid injections Origin Health Group, Cheltenham

Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within all joints. It has been shown to reduce in quality and quantity in arthritic joints.

All our hyaluronic acid injections for large joints follow a one-injection protocol using the Ostenil Plus. 

Typically there is a 70-80% response rate to hyaluronic acid injections with most people experiencing 6-12 months of pain relief.

Injections are guided using ultrasound by our expert MSK physiotherapist and sonographer, Jonathan Wride.

Great for:

Knee osteoarthritis | Hip osteoarthritis | Big toe osteoarthritis | Thumb osteoarthritis

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Shockwave Therapy, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that uses an acoustic wave to carry high levels of energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues suffering from a range of injuries and other conditions.

Great for:

Tendon problems | Frozen shoulder  | Calcified tendons  | Shin splints  | Hip pain  | Plantar fasciitis  | Osteoarthritis 
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Dry Needling at Origin Health

Dry Needling

Dry needling stimulates the body’s healing process by targeting trigger points that have been activated in response to pain, causing surrounding muscles to tighten.

Great for:

Relaxation | Reduces stress and tension | Reduces pain | Injury recovery
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Massage, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage treatment uses less pressure than a sports massage and is a combination of relaxation massage and remedial massage.

Great for:

Relaxation | Reduces stress and tension | Reduces pain | Injury recovery
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kinesology taping by therapists at Origin Health

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping is a highly successful technique used by our expert therapists to help support the body’s own healing process. 

Great for:

Joint, muscle & ligament support | Tennis & golfer’s elbow | Shoulder injuries | Bursitis | Postural issues | Lower back pain
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Becca Meadows, nutritional therapy, origin health,

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy is the use of foods, diets, fasting, supplements, functional foods and dietary counselling, assessment and support to help people reach their health goals. 

Great for:

Better sleep | Relieve joint pain | Relief for muscle soreness | Recovery | Relaxation | Improves circulation
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Reflexology, Origin Health, Cheltenham


Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, non-invasive treatment, applying pressure to areas on the feet (or the hands), which heals at a physical and emotional level.

Great for:

Stress | Anxiety | Pain | Fatigue | Nerve stimulation

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Physio-led Pilates 1:1 Origin Health, Elkstone Studios, Elkstone, Cheltenham

Physio-led Pilates

Pilates uses different movements and exercises, focusing on spinal and pelvic alignment and breathing, to help strengthen the body, improve posture, prevent injury, increase joint mobility, as well as help to relieve stress and tension.

Great for:

Improve posture | Relieve stress |Strength & flexibility | Injury prevention
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