How Can You Relieve Your Neck Pain?

Article by John Miller

How Can You Relieve Your Neck Pain?

Neck Physiotherapy Treatment

The best treatment for your neck pain is determined entirely by the specific reasons for WHY you are suffering neck pain. Everyone is different, but there are some common similarities.

Your physiotherapist is highly skilled at the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical neck pain and headache. Posture correction is essential, but it depends on the availability of enough joint and muscle flexibility to attain a good posture, plus muscle strength and endurance to maintain your proper position. Address any deficit.

We understand that your neck pain may not be solely about stiff or wobbly joints or tight/weak neck muscles. A whole gamut of information that your physiotherapist will analyse during your diagnostic consultation and then commence correcting your problems. They’ll also consider other systemic conditions that can cause neck pain, e.g. cancer, and direct you towards the appropriate healthcare practitioner if necessary.

Fortunately, the vast majority of neck pain does come from your neck joints and muscles. Pleasingly, researchers have shown that a combination of neck joint and muscle treatment performed by your physiotherapist and some specific strengthening exercises are an effective way to eliminate your neck pain, stiffness and headaches.

Please get in touch with your trusted healthcare practitioner for advice specific to the diagnosis and management of your neck pain.

Common Neck Pain Treatment Options

If you are in severe neck pain or have a stiff neck, it is best to assess promptly to exclude any red flag conditions such as cancer and then commence the best neck treatment straight away.

Chronic neck pain can be a lingering problem due to habit. Research tells us that symptoms lasting longer than three months become habitual and are much harder to solve.  The sooner you get on top of your neck symptoms, the better your outcome.

What’s the Best Pillow for Neck Pain?

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The correct pillow is also vital. If you are waking through the night or in the morning with a stiff or painful neck, it may be that it’s your pillow and not your neck that is the cause.

Will A Posture Brace Help Your Neck Pain?

Posture support braces have improved over the years, with new designs beneficial in building awareness of the correct posture. Bracing or posture taping is excellent for teenagers, the elderly or those using computers.

There are various posture braces available. You can find more information about posture braces via our online shop.

Should You Wear A Neck Collar?

A neck collar is not recommended for most non-traumatic injuries as the collar encourages muscle weakness. However, in severe neck spasm conditions such as wry neck or whiplash, a collar is sometimes used in a few days to assist with muscle relaxation. Rarely is a neck collar required beyond four days.

Please ask your physiotherapist for specific advice.

For more advice, please consult your neck physiotherapist.

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