Injury and postural problems are the main causes of neck pain. Our physiotherapists thoroughly enjoy treating neck pain and headaches and consistently achieve excellent results. They will identify the reasons for your neck pain and provide effective treatment as well as prevention of further episodes.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Your head is heavy and balanced on a narrow support made up of seven bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated from each other by discs, stabilised by joints and ligaments and moved by muscles. Because the neck is so mobile, it is easily damaged. Injury and postural problems are the most common causes of neck pain. Diseases such as arthritis or degeneration of the discs can also cause pain. A disorder of the neck joints or muscles can cause referred pain to your head, shoulders, arms and upper back.
- Neck injuries most often result from motor vehicle accidents, sports or occupational accidents. Damage may occur to vertebrae, joints and nerves, discs, ligaments and muscles. A common neck injury is the acceleration/deceleration injury or ‘whiplash’ where the head is thrown forward or back.
- Bad posture can cause neck pain. Ligaments are over-stretched, muscles become tired and the neck joints and nerves are put under pressure. Slouching your shoulders with your head pushed forward, sleeping with your head in an awkward position, or working with your head down for long periods, will all tend to cause neck pain.
Preventing Neck Pain
Here is some useful advice to help you prevent neck pain:
- Think tall: chest lifted, shoulders relaxed, chin tucked in and head level. Your neck should feel strong, straight and relaxed.
- A down pillow or urethane pillow is best for most people. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
- Recognise when your are tense. You may be hunching your shoulders or clenching your teeth without realising it.
- Avoid working with your head down or to one side for long periods. Stretch and change position frequently.
- Keep your neck joints and muscles flexible and strong with correct neck exercises. Your physiotherapist can show you how.
How Fine Form Physiotherapy Can Help
Our physiotherapists will be able to determine the source of your neck pain and treat it.
They may use:
- remedial exercise
- postural assessment, correction and advice
- relaxation therapy
- laser, ultrasound, electrotherapy and heat treatment
Our Physiotherapists can also offer you self-help advice on ways to correct the cause of neck pain, such as practical tips for work and in the home, adjusting furniture, relaxation and exercise.
Too often, neck pain goes untreated and becomes an ongoing problem. We firmly believe that most cases of neck pain can be resolved, and prevented in the future.
Don’t put up with the pain, we offer a solution, it is important to have your problem looked at by an expert. Call our clinic to make an appointment.