Why do we get neck pain?

Neck pain or Cervical pain can come about for many reasons as with any other type of pain. The main structures of the neck that can cause pain are the facet joints (at the back of the spine), the inter-vertebral discs and musculature that surrounds the neck. When dealing with neck pain it is essential to know which structure is causing the issue.

Just woke up with a sore neck?

This is something that we hear a lot, that there was no real trauma or injury but that “I just woke up with my neck stiff and sore” or “unable to turn my head”. This type of injury is common for neck pain, it is usually the result of muscular tension that has been building up for a time the body puts up with it for a time but then one night we sleep in an unusual position and the neck can lock up over night.

Pins and Needles or Numbness in the arm?

This is a common symptom that can go along with neck pain or stiffness particularly when it goes untreated and are usually one sided. Though again there can be many causes of this often it is due to compression or irritation of the nerves that escape the neck. These nerves supply the arm so that is where the symptoms manifest. Always seek professional advice if you start to notice symptoms such as this.

Posture & Neck Pain:

Unfortunately the modern world & technology has increased the prevalence of neck related pain. The postures we sustain looking at our pcs, phones etc contribute heavily towards this so much so that the term “text neck” has emerged. These types of postures impact heavily on our upper backs which is the foundation for the neck and its axis. Counteracting this is key to good recovery.

What can an Osteopath do to help?

There are many things we can do to help restore the natural function and reduce painful symptoms in the neck. Mobilisation of the spinal segments, deep massage of tense muscle and tissues surrounding the area are a usual starting point. Muscle energy techniques and occasionally manipulation (if deemed safe) are also great treatments for this area.

What can I do for myself?

This will depend on the presentation (what is causing the problem) but self massage, stretching, good posture and appropriate pillows / sleeping position will be essential in most cases. . Ice or heat may be beneficial again depending on what is causing the problem. (see: hot vs cold blog post). The most important thing you can do for yourself is to seek advice & treatment as soon as possible to ensure that the problem does not get any worse.

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