Relieving Neck Pain

The neck region is a highly complex series of joints, which offers great mobility; this increased mobility increases the vulnerability of the structure (Prentice 2011). Neck pain is extremely common with research finding the prevalence of non specific neck pain to be as high as 66.7% in a 1 year period (Sarig-Bahat 2003). Non specific neck pain has typically no known cause (Brukner and Khan 2012). A well known reason for neck pain, is the number of hours an individual sits at a desk, increases in flexion when reading, and lateral flexion when on the phone can place additional stress on the intervertebral disks, joints and muscles (Prentice 2011).

Many Treatment strategies have been evaluated for the management of non specific neck pain, the most common forms of treatment are exercise therapy, postural education, mobilisations and massage. success has been demonstrated when a combination of therapies are adopted. It is important when suffering from neck pain that you do not ignore it, the quicker you seek treatment the shorter the recovery. A number of stretching exercises which can be done at the end of a stressfull day or on the onset of neck stiffness, if these exercises do not help to relieve your pain, a course of treatment can be provided at the clinic.

References

Brukner, P. and Khan, K. (2012). Clinical Sports Medicine. 4th Edition, McGraw Hill, Austrailia

Prentice, W. E. (2011). Principles of Athletic Training: A Competency Approach. 14th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York.

Sarig-Bahat, H. (2003). Evidence for exercise therapy in mechanical neck disorders. Manual Therapy, 8(1), 10-20

Exercises

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