The second most common problem, after low back pain, that leads clients to see an Osteopath is neck pain.
Working all day bent over a computer, driving long distances, poor posture while standing or sitting, stress and tiredness are all factors that can cause the muscles in the neck and upper back to become tight and the joints to become stiff. This can contribute to ongoing neck pain, headaches, difficulty in moving and can also cause pain in the shoulder going down into your arm or the hand, and could include pins and needles or numbness.
Some headaches can be the result of tension or stiffness in the neck and upper back.
Osteoarthritis or age-related wear and tear in the neck can also cause muscular pain from the neck into the shoulder as well as some stiffness in moving the neck.
How we can help
- We use a wide range of gentle manual treatments depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis and this can include gentle massage of the soft tissues of your neck and upper back, “rocking” the joints to release tension and may gently manipulate the back to loosen the joints where you might hear a “click”
- Sometimes your treatment will involve other areas of the body such as the shoulders, back and ribs as these can all play a role in your neck pain. In addition to manual treatment we have a lot of experience in workstation assessments so we can provide advice on your posture and work environment, including specific exercises to help prevent a reoccurrence of any problems.
- X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and your osteopath may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.
For advice on your neck pain, or to book an appointment please call us on (01604) 532853