Neck pain is very common and increasingly so due to sedentary lifestyles. It can have a seriously detrimental effect on your day to day life as it is hard to do anything without moving your neck and triggering further pain. A problem with your neck can make almost any movement painful and it can be difficult or dangerous to drive a car. It is hard to rest your neck as this means that you have to remain immobile and that is in itself detrimental to your health. In addition, most causes of neck pain will not be improved by remaining immobile and movement of the neck will be required to address them.
The Causes of Neck Pain
Neck pain is rarely caused by a serious underlying condition or disease but if you are suffering any symptoms in addition to the pain in your neck then you should certainly seek medical advice. There are several causes of neck pain where treatment by an osteopath could help to relieve your symptoms and to speed up your recovery time. The most common causes of neck pain are:
- Inadequate support whilst sleeping
- Poor posture, especially when seated
- Carrying a heavy handbag on one shoulder
- Acute torticollis (a strained muscle)
- Sports injuries
- Anxiety and stress
- Cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
- Cervical spondylosis (worn cartilage)
- Herniated (slipped) disc
How Osteopathy Can Help
If you are seeking chronic neck pain treatment then the holistic approach of osteopathy could help to relieve your symptoms and to prevent a recurrence of your condition. By treating the immediate area of the pain and other areas of the body which may be influencing your condition, your osteopath can assist you when other treatments have proved to be ineffective. Osteopathy also addresses lifestyle issues which may be affecting your neck and your general health.
Following a detailed examination and a review of your case history, your neck treatment in Witney we will include a variety of gentle manipulations and the massage of soft tissues. This will help to relieve muscle tension, enhance blood supply to the tissues and increase mobility. We can offer advice regarding your posture when seated or driving your car and suggest exercises that will help with your neck. Your chronic neck pain treatment regime will depend on your diagnosis, age and general fitness.
Whether you are seeking relief from osteoarthritis or assistance with neck pain caused by poor posture, we can help you. Your neck pain treatment in Witney will address the immediate source of your problem, the speed of your recovery and any lifestyle issues that are contributing to your neck pain.