The pain sensitive structures in the neck include the muscles, ligaments, joints and discs.
Bunched knotty areas in the muscle called trigger points (TP's), marked X, often develop due to past strain/injury, poor posture, stress/overwork, arthritis, being unfit, past surgery.
TP's contribute to aches and pains and stiffness in neck, shoulders, arms and to headache. Correct treatment can relieve this.
Prevalence of Symptoms reported by Patients with Chronic Neck Problems
|Neck Pain/Ache, Stiffness & Tightness
|Impaired concentration or memory
|Numbness/tingle/ache in arm
|Weakness or Heaviness in arm
|Visual problems (eg. bluriness)
Tinnitus (ringing in ears), chest & shoulder aches, ear symptoms, sinus & facial symptoms are also common.
Your neck is an architectural masterpiece
It consists of seven bones aligned one on top of the other and joined together by soft tissues including ligaments, muscles, joint capsules and discs.
The neck alone consists of 35 joints and a multitude of muscles that allow freedom of motion in all directions and angles and support the head which can weigh 5 kg.
Neck related problems are very common - a recent practice survey showed them to be just as common as low back disorders.
Common treatment techniques which we utilize to correct neck problems include massage therapy, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation, stretching and strengthening exercises, and manipulation. Ask any of our friendly practitioners which techniques would be beneficial for you.
Whiplash is a sudden overstretching of muscles, joints and ligaments, and is commonly sustained in a motor vehicle accident or other trauma. It results in neck pain and restriction of movement, and often results in headaches also. It can vary in intensity from mild to debilitating, and all cases should be appropriately treated to restore full range of neck motion and relief from pain or headache.
Our practitioners are experienced in treating whiplash, utilising techniques such as massage or soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy and joint mobilisation to restore normal function to the neck and upper back. Ask one of our caring practitioners for more information regarding whiplash.