Help For Neck Pain in Goodwood, Adelaide

The Physio Studio offers quality care for neck pain sufferers throughout Goodwood, Millswood, Unley, Wayville & Clarence Park.

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If you are one of the many Australians that suffers with neck pain or neck stiffness, physiotherapy may offer the solution you have been searching for.

Neck pain is very common, with about 1 in 10 people having it at any given time. This comes as no surprise when we consider the activities of modern life, such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television and an increasing incidence of poor posture – particularly forward head posture.

Problems within the neck can also cause headache, shoulder pain, TMJ or jaw pain, pain or pins and needles in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome and upper back pain.

Causes

Neck pain can occur from an acute injury, such as on the sporting field or motor accident. Neck pain can also present as a “wry neck”, with patients feeling like their neck has locked or spasmed, and this often develops either after a quick movement or from resting in an awkward position. But by far the most common cause of neck pain relates to the effects of poor posture.

In order to understand the impact of poor posture, we must first consider why spinal alignment within the neck is so important. Your head weighs about 5 kgs and in normal alignment it is very carefully balanced on top of your seven neck bones (vertebrae). Your muscles work to maintain this postion and easily withstand short periods of variation. The problem arises when we assume awkward positions for prolonged periods, the fine balance is disturbed and the nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments and discs of your neck can become strained and irritated.  In fact, the tension in your neck and shoulder muscles doubles for every 2-3 cm’s that your head is forward. Over time, the neck strain and pressure accumulates to a point where it becomes symptomatic, giving pain and stiffness.

Treatment

Physiotherapy can help to provide effective relief from neck pain.  After conducting a detailed history, your physiotherapist will perform a full physical examination to determine why you are likely getting your pain, and what factors may be contributing to it.  Your physiotherapist will aim to help you restore movement, reduce tightness in the muscles of the neck and also help to improve your neck and head posture, which can be very effective at minimizing recurrences. Your physiotherapist can also help with advice and suggestions on things you can do to help manage your neck, such as providing advice with correct pillow setup to get a good night’s sleep, as well as exercises to help keep your neck working well.

Contact the clinic on 83570418 to organise your assessment today.