Our physiotherapist will assess for tight weak muscles and we will show you specific exercises to treat your situation.
Chronic neck and shoulder pain affects up to 18% of the population (Guez et al 2003).
It has been estimated that up to one in five headaches are of musculoskeletal (neck or thoracic) origin (Jull et al 2007a).
According to these researchers only 1/4 are due to trauma. These conditions are usually accompanied by pain and stiffness as well as impaired neck mobility. Neck pain is therefore a common complaint managed by physiotherapists and the need for effective management is clear. There is considerable evidence to support the benefits of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in reducing acute and chronic neck pain.
Physiotherapy treatment encompasses a variety of interventions such as:
- joint mobilisation,
- soft tissue massage,
- therapeutic exercise – cognitive functional therapy directed to understanding the ideal movement patterns for healthy neck and total body posture
- lumbo-pelvic stability,
- diaphragmatic and inferior lateral thoracic breathing exercises for a stable base to apply scapula stability and deep neck flexor strengthening to best support the joints, discs, ligaments and nerves of the neck.
- Ergonomic education especially if your career involves sedentary computer use is critical.
Increasingly the scientific literature is suggesting that physiotherapy is an
effective and efficient mode of treating many forms of neck pain and neck
related headaches. There is growing scientific evidence to support the use of
early and intensive physiotherapy in those with neck pain and also
Whiplash Associated Disorders.
The generally suggested treatment regime includes some ‘hands-on’ manual therapy involving joint mobilisation and soft tissue massage, but heavily emphasises the important role of expert guidance and advice regarding such issues as activity levels, ergonomics, and return to work and sport as well as in the prescription of specific exercises.
Cervical spondylosis can not be cured or reversed by physiotherapy, but effective ways of managing such problems and the associated aches, pains and functional limitations exist at the hands of skilled physiotherapists. Such management issues as ergonomics, posture, pillows and functional adaptations can provide effective solutions. General and more specific exercise has long been the hallmark of the physical management of all things arthritic, and similarly in the management of arthritic related neck pain, the judicious prescription of neck and more general whole body activity and exercise can be a safe, effective, tolerable and cost efficient management tool.
Growing evidence mounts in the medical literature that, particularly as more and more of the medications typically used in the past to manage arthritic pain have been either withdrawn or increasingly cautioned against, physical management is essentially the front line, and best ongoing mode of management for such patients. At Innovative Physio we are well skilled and widely accepted as experts in providing such treatment and management programs while working in a multidisciplinary approach to provide best patient care.
Our aim at Innovative Physio is keeping you moving well by educating you on excellent self-management strategies.