Over half the population will experience neck pain at some point in their life.
Neck pain is very often the result of changes to the structures in your neck, that is muscles, joints, discs and nerves. It may be deep and aching, throbbing or extremely sharp in nature. Sometimes there is pain referral into your arm or symptoms such as numbness or tingling in your fingers.
The causes of neck pain, as for many conditions are varied. Trauma such as a car accident or sporting injury, poor sleeping habits, workplace postural strains are all potential causes of neck pain. Arthritis or degenerative change is another potential cause of neck pain and stiffness.
Osteopathic treatment for neck pain focuses on improving mobility in your upper back and neck and reducing muscle tension and nerve compression in these areas. Improving blood supply and lymphatic drainage are also important in the treatment of any head and neck pain.
Along with their hands-on techniques our osteopaths will also give you advice around posture, self-management tools such as stretching and mobility exercises and ergonomic advice for you home and workplace to help reduce the possibility of repeated episodes of neck pain.
Acupuncture treatment for neck pain will also look for the underlying cause. Gentle needling techniques for the appropriate points will then be used to address these findings.