In recent years neck pain has become more prevalent among the public for a very different reason than before. In earlier years people experienced neck pain due to manual labour and lifting wrongly. Nowadays neck pain appears to be more as a result of sitting at computer screens with heads flexed forwards. This action when repetitively performed can begin to cause permanent changes in the cervical spine, i.e. the neck. Joints in the neck are at their weakest when flexed forward therefore continuously doing this action allows muscles in the neck to become tight and weak, and can cause, “locking”, of the joints.
Perfect head posture is achieved when our earlobe and shoulder are directly in line causing a mild curve in our neck.
We should focus on ideal head posture when driving, sitting, standing and sleeping. Although this may sound like a task, when we put these good habits into action they become second nature to us in the long term.
Signs and Symptoms
Tightness in the shoulders
Pains into the back of the head
Headaches into the forehead and behind the eyes
Tingling and pins and needles into the hands
“Dead or heavy”, feeling in the arms
Localised pain in the neck or where the neck and shoulder join
How Chiropractic care and Physiotherapy can help?
Chiropractic care for the cervical spine increases range of motion, decreases pain and stiffness and improves cervical spine posture. While a lot of people fear chiropractic adjustment of the neck, studies have been performed to show that chiropractic care for the cervical spine is safe and effective. A qualified chiropractic doctor has the ability to rule out if manual manipulation for the neck is unsafe, and in this case other techniques can be used.
Physiotherapy uses some soft tissue techniques and rehabilitation (exercises to strengthen the weakened neck musculature) in order to return the normal function of the neck and cervical spine. Electrotherapy may be used by the practitioners in the Bradley Clinic if the problem is too acute for the patient to have manual treatment performed on them.