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Most people experience neck pain at some stage in their life. For some, this may pass with relatively little discomfort, whilst for others neck pain becomes more painful and tiring. This is when it’s wise to seek help.

 

Causes of Neck Pain – are plentiful. It may be a simple muscular strain, a trapped nerve, damaged/prolapsed disk, or arthritis to name but a few. As well as pain in the neck, symptoms may also include arm pain, pins and needles, numbness and weakness in the arm. Muscular strain is perhaps the most common in the younger population. As we grow older, joint stiffness and restriction associated with wear and tear and/or arthritis becomes more common. Some cases of neck pain will also involve a trapped nerve or pressure on the brachial plexus (a bundle of nerve fibres at the base of the neck) causing pain/pins and needles/numbness/weakness in the arm or hand. In cases associated with trauma e.g road traffic accident, whiplash and ligamentous injury is common. In a small minority of cases, the intervertebral disc(s) may become damaged and prolapsed, causing radiating pain into the arm or hand.

 

Often neck pain is caused by sitting for long periods concentrating. This may be at a computer screen (especially laptops and netbooks), writing, doing needlework etc. Activities that involve holding your head back, such as painting ceilings, riding a bike (especially with low handlebars), salon hairdryers can all cause neck pain. Activities that involve holding the hands and arms up such as hairdressing can also lead to neck pain.

 

Posture – as with lower back pain, posture plays an important role in avoiding neck pain. As with tilting your head down to look at a laptop computer or needlework, tilting you head down with poor posture places a large strain on the postural muscles at the back of the neck. Continued poor posture will eventually lead to muscular strain and stiffness in the joints of the neck.

 

Management of neck pain involves a generally involves a combined approach including the following:

Manipulation and mobilisation of joints to improve freedom of movement and so reduce muscular fatigue

Soft tissue manipulation and or massage to reduce stress and tension in the postural muscles

Posture realignment to reduce unnecessary stress on the joints and muscles

Appropriate exercise to maintain flexibility and strength

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