The neck is an incredibly complex structure; that’s job is a little more than just supporting the weight of our head.
The neck has a very large range of motion and must control a heavy ball weighing 6-8kg through this range on thousands of occasions every day. This is all done whilst protecting the many delicate structures within your neck and coordinating with your eye and body movements. Quite a demanding task! As a result, the neck can become a fulcrum or a ‘stress point’, with injuries and pathologies in this area being very common.
What is Neck Pain?
Over two-thirds of the population suffer from a degree of neck pain through the course of their lives (Goode, 2010). Our increased use of technology means we spend more time in sitting/straining positions e.g. looking at an office screen. Over time these behaviours can result in muscular weakness, tightness, or both, which can contribute to your symptoms. Neck pain is commonly multi-factorial. Input by one of our therapists experienced in the assessment and management of neck pain will address your entire kinetic chain and assess multiple systems.
Some events which can predispose a bout of neck pain include:
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Pinched nerves
- Muscle weakness or tightness
- Prolonged inappropriate postures (awkward sleeping position, more time at the office…)
- Motor vehicle accidents
Why is management of your neck pain important?
Neck pain can be debilitating. With the complex tasks required of the head and neck, the high loads placed upon it and the amount of times we use it every day, even a small niggle can quickly turn into a pinch, limiting your ability to do what you are used to. Neck pain is easier to manage sooner than later, which is why it is better to engage in physiotherapy earlier on when you are first experiencing symptoms.
Studies show neck pain left unchecked impacts your physical, mental and social wellbeing (Goode, 2010). Neck pain can result in a variety of symptoms depending on what structures are affected:
- Referral pain (pain spreading from your neck into your shoulder, back or arm)
- Numbness, tingling (pins and needles) or weakness into one or both arms
- Loss of coordination
- Blurred/double vision
How can physiotherapy assist?
The physiotherapists at Generation Physio & Allied Health will carry out an assessment of your entire kinetic chain and assess multiple systems to
accurately diagnose the cause/s of your symptoms.
Your treatment may include:
– Relaxation therapies & strategies
– Soft tissue massage/trigger point release
– Targeted strengthening & flexibility program to address your unique deficits
– Postural correction & strengthening
– Mobilisation of your vertebral joints
– Education regarding workplace setup & ergonomic advice
– Movement pattern retraining & education regarding load capacity
What to do next
Physiotherapists are ‘first contact’ practitioners which means we do not need a GP referral to come out to you. So, if you or somebody you know is suffering, give us a call at Generation Physio, we have a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to changing the lives of our clients. All our clinicians are mobile and come to your own home to conduct an examination.
Give us a call on 1300 122 884 to book a consultation today.
Article written by Callum Sullivan