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Neck Pain Mornington, Bentons Square & Hastings

Neck painIf you are one of the many Australians who suffers with neck pain, neck ache or neck stiffness, you will be satisfied to learn that our proven Physiotherapy approach may offer the answer you have been searching for.

Neck pain is very common with about one in 10 people having it at any given time. This comes as no surprise when we consider the activities of 21st century life such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television and an increasing occurence of poor posture – particularly forward head posture.

Problems within the neck can also create headache, shoulder pain, TMJ or jaw pain, pins and needles in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome and upper back pain.

We encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our Physios if you commonly experience any of the following:
* persistent neck ache first thing in the morning
* neck stiffness when reversing in the car
* clicking neck noise when turning
* constant aching neck muscles
* tingling in your hands or fingers

Causes
By far the most frequent cause of neck pain relates to the effects of poor posture. In order to learn the outcomes of poor posture, we must first consider why spinal alignment within the neck is so significant.

Your head weighs about 5 kilograms and in normal alignment it is very carefully balanced on top of your seven neck bones (vertebrae). Your muscles work hard to keep this position and easily withstand short periods of variation.

The problem arises when we assume wrong positions for continuous periods, the fine balance is disrupted and the nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments and discs of your neck become strained and irritated. Did you know that the tension in your neck and shoulder muscles doubles for every 2-3 cm’s that your head is forward!

Over time, the neck strain and pressure accumulates to a point where it becomes chronic and even the slightest changes in posture cause critical effects. Together with the stresses and demands of today’s life, it is no surprise why neck pain is so common.

Other usual causes of neck pain include whiplash, arthritis and sporting injuries.

Examination
Thankfully, Physiotherapy care offers a very beneficial treatment for neck pain. After conducting a complete history, orthopaedic and neurological examination, your Physio will issue a course of therapy that aims to reduce pressure, restore movement and prevent recurrence.

Treatment
Typically, your Physiotherapist will recommend the following:

* postural advice and how to avoid further strain
* a series of spinal mobilisations to restore proper movement to the neck vertebrae
* massage to tight neck muscles
* neck exercises to encourage improved movement
* neck strengthening exercises
* heat/ice therapy to help manage your neck pain
* recommend a contoured pillow to provide correct support while sleeping.

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