Are You Dealing with Nagging Neck Pain? You’re Not Alone!
Neck pain is a widespread issue affecting many people, ranking as the second most frequent reason people seek the assistance of physiotherapists (lower back pain taking the lead). In any given year, around half of Australians will encounter neck pain at some point. Whether you’re experiencing sharp twinges, persistent muscle aches, or limited neck mobility, Physiotherapists can offer a range of exercises and treatments to help manage your neck pain. By promptly scheduling an appointment with your Physiotherapist you can receive a diagnosis and implement a treatment plan to get you back to doing the things that you love!
What is the cause of Neck Pain?
The origins of neck pain are diverse and multifaceted. Neck injuries can stem from joint-related, muscle-related, bone-related, disc-related, nerve-related, headache/migraine-related issues, or systemic conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, or rheumatoid arthritis.
Signs and Symptoms of Neck Pain
Given the myriad causes of neck pain, symptoms may vary from person to person. However, some common symptoms include:
- Discomfort in the neck and shoulder regio
- Stiffness or limited range of motion in the neck
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Frequent headaches
Neck Rehab with Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy treatments for neck pain revolve around rehabilitation, aiming to restore full functionality to the neck and prevent future recurrences.
Common treatment options for neck pain include:
- Exercises to enhance flexibility, strength, and posture
- Taping of the neck and shoulders to provide support to irritated structures
- Targeted programs to strengthen neck and shoulder muscles
- Joint mobilization or manipulation to alleviate stiffness
- Soft tissue massage for temporary relief of muscle tension
- Self-management strategies such as heat and cold packs to reduce pain, Gentle self-massage techniques using massage balls and foam rollers
Dealing with Persistent Neck Pain? Contact Physio Pilates Proactive Today
Neck pain can be debilitating, but effective treatment options are available. Although it’s tempting to dismiss neck, shoulder, and back pain as an inevitable part of aging or work-related stress, there are proactive strategies you can use to help to improve your symptoms. If you’ve been experiencing neck pain for more than a few days, it’s time to reach out to the compassionate professionals at Physio Pilates Proactive.