Neck pain can be a frustrating and common condition.
What many people don't realise is that a dysfunction at the neck can also lead to numerous other pains and conditions in the body, including;
altered sensations and weakness in the arms
Neck pain can have a huge emotional effect causing fatigue, increased stress levels, changes to sleeping patterns and irritatability.
However, in many instances these neck issues can be short lived and easily treated when managed properly.
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WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF NECK PAIN?
The most common cause of neck pain is poor posture. With the increase in use of mobile phones and computers, we have started to adopt a head posture which moves forwards. This posture causes joints to compress and muscles to over-engage.
Falls, traumas and road traffic accidents can cause whiplash, which can be a very painful and difficult condition if not treated. With whiplash, the neck goes into hyperflexion and hyperextension. This often causes muscle strains, locked joints and in severe cases damage to nerves and the disc.
When there is irritation coming from the bones in the neck, this can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord. As a result, we can experience pain such as pins and needles, numbness and tingling at the neck.
The discs are structures that sit between the bones in the neck, providing space and shock absorption. When they become overly compressed they can change in shape or rupture. As a result this can cause pain in the neck and referral into the arms and mid-back.
Just like the other joints in your body, your neck joints tend to wear down with age. Osteoarthritis causes the cushions (cartilage) between your bones (vertebrae) to deteriorate. Your body then forms bone spurs that affect joint motion and cause pain.
WHAT OSTEOPATHS DO FOR LOWER BACK PAIN?
Many find a visit to an Osteopath not only helps with pain levels but also emotionally reassuring.
This is because Osteopaths not only treat the condition, but they also provide a diagnosis and a management plan. This information will help you understand what is causing the pain, the severity of the condition.
When you see an Osteopath for neck pain, your Osteopath will go through a series of movements and examinations that will diagnose the cause of the pain.
With a diagnosis, your Osteopath will use massage, stretching and mobilisation techniques to ease muscles and improve range of motion.
We will then create a personalised exercise plan to support your recovery. The treatment plan includes a plan of stretching, strengthening and regaining full mobility.