Neck pain is very common in our society today as a lot of us lead sedentary lives. But aside from that we all can experience neck pain in some form or another.
Causes of Neck pain
Neck pain can be postural in nature but it can also be do to over activity in the shoulder muscles or even be connected to the way you breath. Our postural habits are due to our lifestyle choices such as driving, studying, working at a computer or walking. Other causes of neck pain can be attributed to tempromadibular (jaw) dysfunction,
How we assess your neck
During your assessment our physiotherapist will assess your upper and lower cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine and shoulders to confirm or rule out a postural issue. From there we will look at your breathing, your sitting position at work, if applicable, and dive into your daily activities even down to the way you answer your phone. Yes when you hold the phone to your ear using your shoulder and not your hand…. this will cause neck pain!!!
Subtle changes to all of the above structures along with some home exercises will relieve your pain. Once you are pain free we will devise a maintenance program to avoid that issue arising again.
Headaches are a very painful and unrelenting. Some-days you can feel like your head is just going to explode. The medical world has over 300 different classification of headaches and migraine. Physiotherapists have a different take on the cause of this debilitating pain.
Headaches can be caused from poor mobility in the upper cervical spine (at the base of the skull) and from muscles such as your occipitals, suboccipitals, temporalis and masseter muscles. Tension in these muscles can compress very sensitive nerves in these areas thus causing pain which refers to many places front of your forehead, behind eyes or in your temples.
How do we treat headaches?
Firstly combination of gentle manipulation of the upper cervical joints along with gentle release and activation of other muscle in the region proves to be very effective in the relief and management of acute and chronic headaches and migraines.
If you are unsure whether physiotherapy can help please don’t hesitate to avail of our free phone consultation where we can discuss your symptoms further and see if physiotherapy is the right choice of treatment.
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