Neck pain is becoming an epidemic in the UK, even amongst children as they study long hours and peer at screens in awkward positions.
Neck pain ranges from an annoying pinch that comes and goes, to drastic strain and pain where any head movement is excruciating.
Sometimes with rest and time things improve, but more often the problem doesn’t get 100% better and feels stiff, painful or vulnerable. This means you are stuck, afraid of getting back to normal activities. This is when a professional opinion and treatment is really helpful.
Untreated, these pains can go from short easy to fix problems, to long term and harder to fix problems. Nobody likes taking pain killers or contemplating surgery. It’s important to choose a treatment which is safe, effective and proven thousands of times over all over the world. We recommend a course of treatment before contemplating long term medication or surgery, and evidence in research shows 90% of people are very satisfied with their improvement after only six treatments.
Everybody knows about the common causes of neck pain such as whiplash and stress. Let’s dive in a little deeper looking at what goes wrong with your neck.
Also known as wry neck or locked neck, this is where small structures in the joints of your neck get trapped in the wrong place, and the neck is stuck and painful. This can even happen in children.
Your neck is a column of small joints and discs, a marvel of engineering. However, after a strain the joints, just like a sprained ankle, can get swollen inflamed and sore. Treatment and the correct advice can really speed recovery, so you can get back to work and play.
With age or a history of neck injury, the joints and muscles can end up a bit sorry for themselves. A lot of our work is getting the neck back to 100% by careful and steady treatment to safely reverse the effects of time.
Our nerves that allow us to feel sensation and move our arms can get trapped as they exit the neck. When this happens you feel it in your shoulder or arm, with maybe shooting pains or pins and needles. Although it feels serious it is often easy to treat, by straightening out the bones of the neck and bringing down any swelling that may be pressing on the nerve.
An Osteopath will only use their hands and brain to skilfully and logically assess your symptoms. We train for many years to feel what is normal and what is in trouble, and Osteopathy is a fantastic method for getting your body back in tip-top shape again.
The neck is full of important and delicate structures, and it is important to choose a treatment from an expert you can trust to be both safe and effective. We train for many years to deeply understand neck pain and how it affects you. We will respectfully, carefully and skilfully propose a treatment plan to get you back to normal again.
This means you can be well in a truly natural way, by in the end, the miracle of your body healing itself.
And here's the best bit... By fixing the root cause of your problems, frequently people find that related issues that are connected also show drastic improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected. For example, did you know many digestive problems are caused by upper neck trouble?