Neck pain is one of the biggest reasons patients visit the clinic. Many people can develop a stiff and painful neck for no obvious reason. It can happen after sleeping awkwardly, sitting in a draught or maybe after a minor twisting injury, for example, whilst gardening that results in minor muscle or ligament strain. However, there are many other causes of neck pain.
Sadly, with age and the stresses placed on our bodies through daily life, the discs and facet joints of the neck can become worn and damaged, resulting in the discs between the vertebrae becoming narrower resulting in the spaces between the facet joints of the neck thinning. This can cause the joint surfaces to rub together and wear. Whilst the degeneration cannot be reversed, osteopathy can help deal with the pain and improve movement of the neck, helping you to stay mobile.
We often see people following a collision of some kind, for example a road traffic accident or a sporting accident, resulting in overstrain to the ligaments of the spine and its surrounding muscles. These injuries are relatively simple to treat using osteopathy if treatment is sought quickly following the accident, however, if left can take weeks or months to heal correctly.
Of all the muscles in the body, the ones responsible for our upright posture work constantly, fighting against gravity and therefore always have a degree of tension through them and become painful. Commonly seen repetitive strain injuries and poor posture, these patterns of ‘dysfunction’ respond well to treatment.
Treatment often includes soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations to encourage movement to return, along with follow-up advice and exercises that are appropriate to your case.