Physiotherapy for Neck Pain
Neck pain is very common, especially in this age of laptops and smartphones – however most neck pains are not caused by a serious problem and should be easily resolved in 2-6 weeks with the right assessment, treatment and rest. If your neck pain has become chronic, or you are experiencing weakness in your arms and hands it is important to see an expert for a proper assessment as soon as possible to prevent serious issues developing.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Most neck pain cases we see have their origins in a poor work posture such as slouching or hunching over a computer or workbench. However, osteoarthritis is also a possible cause of neck pain, and on rare occasions the cause can be more serious. It is especially important to seek a professional assessment if your neck pain is accompanied by loss of strength in your hands, or shooting pains down your arm.
How Can Physiotherapy Help Neck Pain?
Your Physiotherapist can help you reduce pain and stiffness and safely improve your range of motion using a thorough posture assessment and dynamic strengthening techniques. Other modalities such as electrical nerve stimulation, massage and acupuncture may be used as needed. It is important to note that your physiotherapist will never “crack” or manually adjust the vertebrae. The focus of physiotherapy is on manual therapy, posture correction and strength.
The Life Force Physiotherapy Approach to Treating Neck Pain.
Your Physiotherapist will carry out a full assessment of your posture so that the underlying causes of your neck pain can be accurately pinpointed and an effective treatment plan can be tailored to your needs.
Posture Correction & Strengthening
Ongoing neck problems are often connected to an imbalance in the muscles supporting the spine caused by movements and positions you use daily. Your Physiotherapist will help you to correct the issues with a comprehensive program of gentle stretching, deep strengthening and rehabilitating exercises.
TENS nerve stimulation
Depending on the underlying cause of your pain, your Physiotherapist may use TENS nerve stimulation. By placing electrodes on the skin, nerves near the source of your pain can be stimulated by small electrical signals, bringing effective relief of pain, often without the need for medication.
Your Physiotherapist can help restore full range of motion in your neck using passive and active functional movement techniques to mobilize your joints.
Massage, Trigger Point and Myofascial Release
Trigger Points are areas of shortened muscles which can contribute to referred pain or muscular imbalance. The myofascial system is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds the brain, spinal cord, muscles, joints and all your organs. It can be restricted as a result of injury or poor posture. Physiotherapy can help to release these “knots” and restrictions and bring balance back to your spine.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into the top layers of the skin to stimulate specific points. It can help restore blood flow bring relief for many types of neck and back pain.
Physio Supervised Exercise Program
As you progress through your one-on-one physiotherapy treatment, we at Life Force Physiotherapy believe that a supervised work-out environment is crucial to help you ease safely into your self-directed exercise plan. Our physiotherapists will keep an eye on your movements so that you can feel confident that you’re staying on track.
Are you looking for advice for dealing with neck pain? Please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with a Life Force physiotherapist to discuss your symptoms. We’re here to help!