Don’t Let This Be a Chronic Neck Pain
Do you spend several hours a day at the computer? If so, it’s important to be aware of the fact that this is one of the leading causes of chronic neck pain. Other causes include pinched nerves, muscle imbalance, poor posture, and trauma. Neck pain can manifest in different ways. Besides pain, symptoms may include stiffness and tingling, if sensitive nerves in the neck area are involved. Certain movements may aggravate the symptoms of neck pain.
If you suffer from chronic neck pain, you are not alone. According to Harvard Health Publications, seven out of ten Americans will deal with neck pain at some point in their lives. The good news is that simple exercises (as prescribed by your physiotherapist) can offer relief from your chronic neck pain. If you’ve been living with neck pain for several weeks, your pain is considered chronic. Your physiotherapist can use a variety of techniques including manual therapy and therapeutic exercises to stretch and strengthen the sensitive muscles in the neck region. This is important for the long term relief of chronic neck pain.
The Key Factors in Recovery – Exercise and Posture
Controlled, supervised exercise can help improve blood flow to the muscles in the neck and restore muscle balance, in addition to helping the individual regain joint mobility. A physiotherapist will create an exercise program that can be completed at home, or at work. In some cases, the use of weight cuffs and dumbbells is beneficial in an effort to increase muscle strength. The number of sets and repetitions is carefully planned, and the technique, range of motion, posture and breathing of all your movements is supervised by the physiotherapist. Once your pain level reduces, your physiotherapist will help you regain control of your muscles to reduce pain and get you back to full function.
Improving posture is an important component of treatment for chronic pain. Poor posture can lead to chronic neck pain. Have you thought about the amount of time you are at your computer? Or even how you sit in your chair? Your physiotherapist will evaluate your posture and help you improve it with simple stretching and strengthening movements.
When you are at home or at work, hot and cold packs and a neck pillow can also be helpful. Your physiotherapist may decide to teach you simple techniques to promote muscle relaxation and help you reduce chronic neck pain.
The Importance of Physiotherapy
If you have been dealing with chronic neck pain for several weeks, it’s time to call your physiotherapist. As the community’s recognized experts in physiotherapy, we can diagnose your pain and help rule out potential concerns such as a herniated disc.
An assessment from a physiotherapist is an important step in the fight against chronic neck pain. Once you receive an evaluation, you and your physiotherapist can create a program combining exercise, stretching, postural correction and relaxation to help you recover from chronic neck pain. You will move better and feel better.
You don’t have to learn to live with chronic neck pain anymore, not on our watch. Schedule an appointment with us today and we’ll help you get started on the road to a pain-free lifestyle.
“One day I was curled up in the bus stop with really bad back pain as Anna walked passed and asked if she could help. I told her my back has been so sore for years and that no- one and nothing could help. She offered me a trial treatment session at their clinic and I couldn’t believe the change. I had 3 sessions each of physiotherapy (with Thomas) and Qigong massage (with Angela- yes with the magic hand!) and I feel like I’m kind of re-born. Manage all the jobs around the house again, feel a lot happier and alive and going out a lot more. Oh- and I am passed 80!”
M.H (South Dunedin)