What you need to know about Neck Pain
Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.
I thought we would start off with a FACT - 9 in 10 Australians spend more then 90 minutes per day commuting to and from work.. WOW. That is lots of time sitting down .. but what about the desk working population who sit down for 7-8 hours per day on top of this long haul commuting. Neck pain is notably on the increase ...
Your neck is a complex interlocking structure consisting of bones, joints, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Its main job is to hold up the weight of your head and allow it to move forwards, down, to the side and a full rotation.
Some common forms of neck pain include:
Muscle strain - Ongoing overuse of your neck muscles (which can be caused by a poor neck position during everyday activities, particularly computer work) can trigger neck muscle strain
Whiplash - Whiplash happens commonly in a car accident when your head suddenly moves in one direction (backwards, forwards or sideways) and then back again.
Degenerative joints or discs - As we grow older, the soft gelatinous centre of the shock-absorbing discs in our spines dries out, as well as our cartilage between the joints
Bulging disc - Commonly due to an incident, the discs can put pressure on nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord, causing numbness and weakness in the arms.
The most important thing to take from the above is, if you have pain in your neck - PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP!
What you can commonly expect from Physiotherapy?
An assessment initially in order to establish the extent of the problem and the likely diagnosis.
Treatment would then be based on the findings of the assessment.
We will help the neck by initially providing joint mobilisations to help with pain and movement, if the joints are jarred up. As well as soft tissue releasing to reduce tightness in muscles, we also provide exercise to improve strength of the deeper muscles of the neck, combined with a few postural techniques.
Here is our tip:
If you have a neck pain, we strongly advise you to stay clear of bed rest. It stiffens your neck up further and makes it harder to get going. Don't let you neck pain last more then 24-48 hours, as your neck pain will take longer to get better. Lastly, see the Belfield Physiotherapy team - we will help you get better, and provide you with a comfortable, friendly and enjoying environment.
This information can be used to gain a better understanding of neck pain. To find out more about how we can help your neck pain, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.