Your neck, also known as the cervical spine, contains seven small vertebrae beginning at the base of the skull. Incredibly, the neck supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. If you have a forward head position your head can weigh up to 6 times more due to it being sat off its pivot, this causes extra work load being sent to the neck muscles.
While the neck can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to injury and pain. The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due partly to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes.
Severe Neck Pain: Often begins suddenly such as after an injury or trauma like being involved in an impact injury or car accident.
Acute Neck Pain: Can spread to the shoulders, arms, hands and head. Muscles, discs, ligament and nerves may have tearing of connective tissue, inflammation and swelling. Acute neck pain gradually gets better and resolves as the injury heals, usually within several months. Chronic neck pain lasts longer than three months.
Chronic Neck Pain: Is often related to a previous injury that caused skeletal misalignment leading to structural or arthritic degenerative changes in the connective tissue of the spine. A Physology examination will identify the root cause of the neck pain and determine the appropriate course of treatment.
Injury and Accidents: A sudden forced movement of the neck or head in any direction and the resulting “re-bound” in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden “whipping” motion injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the head and neck. Muscles react by contracting and tightening, creating muscle fatigue, which can result in stiffness and pain. Severe whiplash can also be associated with injury to the, discs, muscles, ligaments, intervertebral joints and nerve roots. Car accidents are the most frequent cause of whiplash.
Growing Older: Degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis directly affect the spine.
Osteoarthritis: A common joint disorder, causes progressive deterioration of cartilage.
Spinal Stenosis: Causes the small nerve passageways in the vertebrae to narrow, trapping and compressing nerve roots. Stenosis may cause neck, shoulder and arm pain, as well as pins and needles and numbness when these nerves are unable to function normally.
Degenerative Disc Disease: Can cause reduction in the height and elasticity of intervertebral discs. Over time, a disc may narrow, bulge or herniate; causing tingling, numbness and pain that runs into the arm.
Daily Life: Poor posture, obesity and weak abdominal muscles often affect spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate.
Stress: Can cause muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in stiffness and pain. Postural stress can contribute to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending into the upper back, shoulders and arms.
Neck pain can be successfully treated 100% of the time if you can find the underlying cause, rather than just the symptoms. During your assessment your practitioner will carry out a full body assessment to look your alignment and function (how your body moves and which muscle it uses to do so.)
This form of neck pain assessment not only assesses your neck pain, it also identifies the root cause. For example, the root cause of neck pain may be caused by a mis-alignment or impact elsewhere in the body that causes your body to function incorrectly. Physology treats both the neck pain and the cause to ensure symptoms don’t return.
Your practitioner will explain why your neck pain started in simple terms you understand. You will also be left with your assessment form which will have diagrams and details of your symptoms which you can refer to at a later date to see the fast results you will achieve with Physology.
After your assessment we can begin treatment which also takes place in your first appointment. At the end of the appointment an outlined treatment plan is discussed which will successfully treat your neck pain symptoms AND eradicate the cause to prevent re-occurrence of your pain.
Physology can get you pain free results with our neck pain treatment.
We can identify the root cause to your pain and explain in more detail the mechanism of your neck pain. Your Physology practitioner will create a treatment plan to correct the postural issues and treat all the damaged tissues required to get you pain free.Consult Now