Neck pain is not restricted to age. Poor posture and strain are common causes of pain in the neck area. How you use your body can have a big effect on stress levels on certain muscle groups. For instance if you spend a large portion of your day hunched over a computer screen for work, it should be no surprise if your muscles get tired and start causing you pain.
Sudden movements and sport activities can also cause a nerve to get trapped or become irritated. Very often the trapped nerve can be located in the upper back or shoulder area and it radiates through to the neck. Sarah can help by listening to your complaints and after assessing your lifestyle she may make recommended changes in your habits.
Neck pain can often get worse or take a long time to subside if left untreated. Sometimes the pain can radiate to the head causing headaches or down to the back of the neck and shoulder area making these areas of the body feel stiff and sore.
An osteopath will pay special attention to the parts that can cause muscular spasms and the areas where the joints are restricted in their movement. Relieving the pressure with proper massage techniques from a qualified osteopath will help relieve irritation and pain.
Your osteopath will usually recommend a combination of different treatments for cervical pain. This will often include natural manual techniques and massage, exercises you need to do at home and maybe even changes in your lifestyle. The main areas or points covered in your treatment will include your muscles, joints and in many cases the osteopath will pay special attention to the nerves and nerve clusters. The nerves have an important fuction in regulating and the circulation of blood and lymph.
About Sarah Beer M.Ost, APNT, BSc Sarah is a registered osteopath working in Croydon having qualified from The British School of Osteopathy with a masters degree.
Gentle neck stretching under supervision of an Osteopath.