Physiotherapy can help you to reduce your neck pain through the use of specific manual therapy, stretches and exercises. For details please visit at our clinic.
Postural Neck Pain:
This usually comes on gradually over time, as a result of abnormal postures, sustained poor posture, inadequate seating at work and/or desk set-up, or even as a result of poor posture elsewhere in the lower back and pelvis. Often pain starts out as a little 'niggle' or ache but it can develop into a constant soreness that is difficult to change. Poor / repetitive abnormal postures cause stresses to occur within the soft tissues and inflammation to build around the associated joints, causing tension and pain. In more severe cases, neck stiffness occurs as the joints and soft tissues become too painful to move fully, the spinal discs can be affected by abnormal loading, and nerve roots can become irritated.
This type of problem is normally managed very successfully through postural correction, ergonomic modifications, specific stretches and exercises, and manual therapy to address the soft tissue and joint tightness.
Whiplash associated injuries: This type of injury occurs when the neck and head are moved very suddenly in one or more directions, causing injury to occur to structures that are place quickly on strain. The most common way to sustain such an injury is during a car accident, for example when hit from behind by another car', but can equally occur when tripping and falling, or being pushed over suddenly, as the head and neck may be jolted reproducing a similar type of strain. Unless huge velocities are involved, more often than not, the main tissues injured are the small ligaments of the joints of the neck, the surrounding muscles and the associated facet joints of the neck.
Common symptoms can include pain, stiffness, muscle tension, and sometimes associated headaches. On occasion, visual disturbances, numbness and tingling in the arms and hands can occur, but often these are transient and do settle fully in time.
Physiotherapy can be very useful for this type of injury and recommended at an early stage post-injury in order to restore normal movement as soon as possible and reduce pain. Specific exercises and advice can be issued, alongside the application of manual therapy techniques in order to prevent chronic neck difficulties from arising.