What is Rib Pain?
Rib pain can be very painful or just an annoying ache. Although the rib cage is a stable structure to protect the heart, lungs and other organs, it is also a very mobile structure and each individual rib needs to move frequently. A lot of muscles attach onto the ribs, so if a rib stops moving properly, the muscle attached to it may go into spasm causing discomfort. Rib pain is not a serious condition and resolved easily. It may be a sign of poor posture or sustained incorrect posture, where there is with a lack of movement over long periods of time.
How we treat Rib Pain at Richmond Osteopaths
We identify which rib is not moving properly and then we mobilise and manipulate it to improve the movement. Mobilising and massaging the surrounding muscles and joints is an important part of the treatment. Postural and ergonomic advice is suggested to prevent recurrence.
Whilst working in a sedentary environment such as at your PC, try to fidget. Keep your shoulders moving by rolling them and lift your arms above your head frequently throughout the day. At Richmond Osteopaths we will always recommend that your recovery begins and ends with movement.
I visited Andre with sharp pain in my ribs which was not only restricting movement but also affecting my breathing and it was a huge relief to have someone so knowledgeable and calming treat me. He explained everything from what he was doing to how the injury could have been caused and I left not only with more understanding of my body but also of what to do next. I have continued to see him for various ailments and cannot recommend him highly enough. Jennie Harrington
I have had ongoing upper and lower back problems for many years that have led to pain felt throughout my entire body! However seeing Nicolette Richardson from Richmond Osteopaths has dramatically helped my management of these issues and helped me understand my body and where these aches and pains can come from. Nicolette Is incredibly skilled at making a sometimes painful sessions bearable by her sunny disposition, her friendly character and incredible skill as an osteopath! Jess P