Neck pain refers to any pain experienced in the area from the base of the skull to the shoulders and can spread to your upper back or arms. Treatment can vary depending on individual findings.
This can include feelings of stiffness or tightness, as well as sharp pain and, in severe cases, can reduce the movement of the neck and head. Neck pain can also cause tension headaches.
Most muscles in the body will relax completely when they are not being used, but the muscles in the neck are permanently tensed in order to support the head. Although most common in people over 50, neck pain can develop at any age as the result of excess strain on the neck. This could include slouching, sleeping in an awkward position or working at a computer for long periods of time without a break.
Neck pain can also develop as the result of an accident. Perhaps the best known is whiplash; an injury sustained as a result of the head being thrown forward and back in a car accident.
Neck pain is rarely the result of a serious injury and will often lessen after a few days. If you are suffering from neck pain, try to keep moving and maintain your normal routine as best you can.
Neck pain effects so many of us, quite a number of these types of problems can be easily sorted out, there is help, and it is here at the clinic where we try and find the cause of your discomfort.
How do you feel?
With neck pain the type of symptoms you might feel could be any of the following, sharp pain, burning or throbbing pain, shooting or stabbing pains. These can be either intermittent or constant.
Sometimes patients complain of headaches, which can come from a number of tissues around the the neck and the upper thoracic spine.
It is our training as Osteopaths that give us the skill at working on the human body with our hands that give us the success at treating our patients.
It is important that if you feel a neck pain you should try and have it properly assessed by an Osteopath so as to discount any major problems as well as getting the appropriate care in a timely fashion. This can give you long lasting health
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There are a number of reasons that can be the source of increased neck stiffness. Biomechanically it might be from changes in your posture, this can be rounding of your shoulders and forward leaning posture. The effect of which cannot only bring on Pain but also in some cases wedging of the vertebral bodies. Less chronic problems can be due to muscular tension, sleeping in a draft or uncomfortable position.
Pain down the arm, tingling sensations, pins and needles, and numbness could be as a result of injury to the neck. This may be due to compression of the nerves, which exit the cervical spin (Neck). As mentioned above, it is important if you feel a high level of discomfort to have it properly assessed by an Osteopath so as to discount any major problems as well as getting the appropriate care in a timely fashion.
So how can we help ? and what do we do in the Osteopathic Life Clinic by way of work, to lessen your pain and discomfort and help you move forward.
Your practitioner will take a full case history; this is where he or she will ask a number of questions about the injury or area of concern.
Following this will be an assessment, this will be to find out what structures are involved and if it is deemed acceptable to treat. In some cases it may be the case to refer you back to your GP or other professional.
Your practitioner will explain their findings and with your permission treat accordingly. A treatment plan maybe discussed to get you back to full health if the problem is acute or chronic.
Within the treatments you receive at the clinic there can be a number of different modalities used to improve your health and the injured area. This can include soft tissue techniques, as well as mobilisation and manipulation of joints within the body. Additionally Osteopathic Life Clinic offers Cranial Osteopathic techniques.