PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR NECK PAIN
Do you suffer from neck pain? Do you experience pain in the back of your neck? Does your neck feel stiff and difficult to move? Do you experience headaches on a regular basis? Have you been experiencing neck pain after a car accident? Neck pain can have a significant impact on your daily living and can cause long standing detriments to mental and physical health. This blog will provide a general overview of neck pain by explaining the anatomy, associated symptoms and effective management.
IS THE NECK A FRAGILE STRUCTURE?
This question often comes up a lot when people ask about their neck pain. The neck is a strong yet flexible structure that is made up of seven vertebrae (think of these as platforms that can glide and rotate over one another) and a plethora of muscles and ligaments that ensure the stability of the region. However, this inherent stability and flexibility does not make it immune to pain or stiffness.
PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR NECK PAIN POOR POSTURE
- Move chin back towards throat
- Tuck shoulder blades in
- Feet flat on the ground
- Knees bent to 90°
- Entire back against backrest of chair
- Head and shoulders in line with hips
- Elbows bent to around 90°
- Eye lines up with the top of screen
- The use of a supportive pillow is paramount for side sleepers to maintain good neck posture
- For back sleepers, a flatter pillow to cushion the neck might be necessary to maintain good neck posture
- Strengthening exercises to promote correct activation of neck musculature
- Covered in more detail below
HOW CAN PHYSIOPHI HELP?
- Exercise Therapy: Pain causes the deep postural muscles of the neck to switch off. This results in other muscles compensating. These compensatory muscles are not designed to take over for a long period. Exercises aimed at reactivating deep postural muscles of the neck will reduce pain and improve function.
- Manual Therapy: Segments of the neck that allow for proper movement can be stiff. Manual therapy reduces the stiffness of these segments and restores range of movement, which can also reduce pain with movement.
- Dry Needling: Tension from overuse can be global in the neck, and dry needling is an effective method that can reduce tension. It also works well at the base of the skull for neck pain which is accompanied by headaches.
- Advice and Education: Getting to the source of the neck pain, whether chronic or acute, is the most important aspect of treatment. If the origin of the pain can be identified and modified, then prevention of future occurrences is possible. Several aforementioned strategies such as phone habits, ergonomic modifications and sleeping postures may seem minor, but these factors have significant contributions to neck pain globally.
At Physiophi, our years of experience with the different types of neck pain allows us to treat neck pain with great effectiveness. If you have either woken up with neck pain and stiffness or have been experiencing neck pain for a long time, book an appointment to see us. We pride ourselves on being able to reduce your neck pain and stiffness.
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