Neck pain or a stiff neck are extremely common and can affect your life in so many different ways. Whether it be sharp neck pain, dull muscular aches, headache, or an inability to fully move your head, a sore neck can be very frustrating yet it’s simple to fix in the majority of cases.
There are many causes of neck pain. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your neck pain so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause.
Commonly we find that neck joints (cervical spine) become stiff or locked. This in turn usually causes protective muscle spasm of some neck and shoulder muscles and weakness of others. This can also effect nerve tightness resulting in pain radiating to the arm. The longer this abnormal scenario exists, the more entrenched the condition can become.
Commonly the causes of neck pain are multifactorial, which means for successful outcomes, all the causes of pain need to be address. Bodysmart Physio utilizes a holistic approach to assessment and treatment, which address you and your neck as a whole. This importantly included education, as understanding the condition and its causes is vital to successful treatment and preventing reoccurrences.
New research has shown that a combination of neck joint and muscle treatment performed by your physiotherapist and some specific strengthening exercises are an effective way to eliminate your neck pain, stiffness and headaches.