If you have never experienced neck pain or stiffness, then no doubt you know at least one person who has. These symptoms are extremely common in the population, and many people live with neck pain without seeking help.
Neck pain can range from mild and annoying to severe and debilitating. Finding the underlying cause of your condition is important in determining a possible treatment plan for you.
Cause of Neck Pain
There can be many causes of neck pain, and sometimes many factors which may contribute to your pain.
Common causes include:
Prolonged periods sitting at a desk
Degeneration of cervical spine
Muscle imbalance and tightness in the neck and shoulders
Our current lifestyle and stress levels have a lot to say for the increase in neck pain in the community. Office workers, new mums, students and tradesmen are only a few of the groups who may experience neck pain at some stage in their lives.
Posture is very important and plays a huge role in the health of our spine and nervous system. Sitting with our shoulders rounded and head forward for long periods can have a detrimental effect on not only our posture, but our general wellbeing, especially as we age.
Can Chiropractic help my Neck Pain?
The team at Sexton Chiropractic are highly experienced and skilled in assessing and treating neck pain.
We do specific and thorough assessments for every patient who presents with neck pain. We then decide what type of treatment you need, and who is the best person to deliver it. We work alongside a team of massage therapists and acupuncturists to provide a holistic treatment plan specific to you.
May include some or all of the following:
Manual Therapy: Chiropractors perform specific, safe and effective manual adjustments to areas we find need more movement. Adjustments can be very effective in giving patients with neck pain great pain relief as well as improved mobility.
Soft Tissue Therapy: After a thorough examination of muscle tone and tension, chiropractors can understand which muscles need treatment. Often patients with neck pain present with hypertonic (or tight) posterior neck muscles. We can utilise soft tissue techniques to reduce muscle tension and increase mobility for patients with neck pain.
Stretching and Rehabilitation exercises: Our Chiropractors believe that while treatment at the clinic is very important, exercises at home go a long way in the rehabilitation and prevention of neck pain. We tailor specific exercise programs to each patient, depending on which muscles need strengthening.
If you have any of the following symptoms please consider speaking with one of our Chiropractors for advice:
Tingling, numbness or weakness
Trouble turning your head to one or both sides