Neck pain can be the cause of major discomfort and is often associated with headaches, where tension in the muscles and joints of the neck refer pain up into the head.
The neck is the most mobile part of the spine and, as such, it is generally the most vulnerable to compromise and injury.
The ‘whip’ effect from a car crash or other similar event can damage and sensitise the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the neck resulting in stiffness and pain.
Postural pain and stiffness is generally the result of adopting prolonged and unnatural postures that our bodies are not designed for – such as slouching at an office desk all day. Adopting these poor postures means the joints, ligaments, muscles and spinal discs are all put under increased pressure, leading to irritation, pain and discomfort.
Many people have experienced waking up one morning with a painful crick in the neck. Although this can be extremely painful – and somewhat frightening especially if experienced for the first time – these ‘cricks’ are mainly the result of acute muscle spasms in the neck, possibly resulting from a build-up of tension around the joints.
The majority of neck problems are non-serious, short-lived (acute), muscle strains or minor joint inflammations which respond well to osteopathic treatment – including mobilisations, manipulations and massage – and generally resolve in 2-4 treatments.
Longer-term (chronic) problems are generally managed by a combination of hands-on treatment along with recommendations and advice on exercise and lifestyle factors to address what has led to the problem in the first place.
Our clinic based in Chatteris covers areas including March, Ely, Wisbech, Huntingdon, St Ives & Whittlesey and beyond.
Contact us now to book a free 15-minute chat with an Osteopath to see if we could help with your neck pain.
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