Neck pain treatment Bondi
Physio K offers treatment for many different types of neck pain. Problems in this part of the body can present in many different ways.
Some common presentations of neck pain include:
Reduced range of motion
Pain when turning the head
Muscle tightness, either constant or with movements of the head
Pain radiating in the shoulders or arms from the neck
Pain at the top of the neck, often combined with headaches
Cause of neck pain:
Poor posture during the day can cause the weight of the head to shift forward and away from the center of the body (forward head posture), forcing the neck muscles to work harder to support the head.
Prolonged computer work or looking down at a phone not only moves the head forward but also forces the neck to bend with it. This bending can overextend the muscles in the back of the neck, resulting in pain and inflammation.
Sleeping with the head turned or twisted can result in neck pain (e.g. with sleeping on the tummy or on a pillow that is too thick or too thin). Short term symptoms could be stiffness and muscle pain. Sleeping with the head rotated to 1 side can result in disc problems in the long run. The intervertebral discs are supposed to recover during the night and that’s not possible when the neck and head are rotated during the entire night. .
Cold also has a big impact on the neck muscles. Air Conditioning or sleeping next to a window with a breeze can make the muscle tense up and result in a stiff neck in the morning.
Bruxism is a condition in which people grind or clench their teeth while they sleep. Grinding or clenching the teeth puts pressure on the muscles in the jaw and neck, which can cause neck tension, pain or headaches.
Whiplash is caused by an injury to the neck when the head moves forward and backwards in a rapid motion that ends up placing strain on the surrounding muscles and ligaments and usually occurs in a motor vehicle accident. Symptoms of whiplash include:
Neck pain and stiffness
Reduced mobility of the neck
Disc issues (bulges or herniated discs)
Nerve issues with referring pain in the shoulders or arms
Neck pain caused by whiplash can become chronic if left untreated.
Stress has a huge impact on the entire human body. It affects some parts more often than others; the neck being one of the most frequent areas. Stress is the body’s natural reaction to a dangerous situation. When we feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in our body that allows us to act in a way to prevent injury (‘fight-or-flight reaction’). When a person experiences stress regularly, their muscles remain tense and contracted for longer periods, which can result in neck and shoulder tension.
Combination (most common):
Most neck pain is a result of bad posture combined with stress and asymmetric movements. It normally builds up over time, but people usually don’t realise it. It’s like slowly filling up a bucket with water; and most people only remember the last drop that makes the bucket overflow: the last wrong movement or the bad position we slept in, which results in a stiff neck.
Neck pain treatment:
Neck pain is treated in our clinic after determining the cause of your pain. We perform a thorough examination after taking a health history. Once we know the cause of your problems, we can treat you with a broad range of techniques. Manual therapy, exercise treatment, education and dry needling can all be used to help get you back moving well and feeling great.