Neck pain is a growing musculoskeletal problem with more of us sitting over longer periods of time. But also from doing heavy manual jobs or exercise.
This condition can cause various symptoms, including the following:
- Muscle spasm
- Referred pain (face, arm, mid back)
- Altered sensation (ie numbness/tingling)
These symptoms may be caused by strain to any of the structures around your spine. Structures such as the ligaments, muscles, joints, discs or nerves. Acute injuries are often brought on through excessive loading, this could be from an accident playing sport or in your vehicle.
Other more chronic forms of neck pain could have developed from an acute injury that was poorly managed. Or with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, the sustained postures can overload tissue of the neck.
Preventing Neck Pain
Your next posture is your best posture
Our body is designed to handle multiple positions. Set regular intervals every 20-30 minutes to change your sitting position. Try alternating between sitting and standing. See my other blog “Sitting Posture how important is it really”
We’re not all Olympic lifters, but understanding the basic principles of lifting are important to preventing neck pain. Also understanding your limits to lifting. If it’s too heavy be honest with yourself and ask for help.
Keeping calm and dealing with stress
Stress can have a significant impact with pain and ignoring stressful situations can lead to the development of neck pain. Dealing with these gremlins will be great for you in so many ways. See my other blog on “Coping with stress”.
How can Physio help my neck pain?
Identifying the source of your injury is our primary goal with a detailed assessment. Once the root cause of your neck pain has been identified you will receive an effective evidence based treatment. Treatment may consist of the following.
- Joint mobilisation techniques
- Soft tissue massage
- Postural re-education
- Strengthening, stabilising and stretching exercises to help you manage your problems long-term
- Dry needling
- Neural mobilisation techniques
- Advice and recommendations for ergonomics/desk setup and activity modification
The aim of the your rehab is to fully recover with the confidence to use your neck normally, without fear. Also to leave with a greater understanding of your neck to prevent any injuries in the future.