Neck Pain Relief
Don’t Let Neck Pain Ruin Your Day – Find Relief with Physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy
Your neck is an integral part of your everyday movement, and sharp pains can prevent you from functioning properly in your day-to-day life. Neck pain, if left untreated, can be debilitating, especially if the pain stretches from your neck down to your shoulders. According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), approximately one-third of the population will experience neck pain in any given year.
Whether your neck pain presents difficulty when you are operating your work station, or when tilting your head down to tie your shoes, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy can help get back to your normal and pain-free self. In fact, most people are able to find relief from their neck pain every year through the help of physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy, with only a very small percentage (less than 3%) actually requiring more invasive procedures, like cortisone injections or surgery.
Our Oakville, ON physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy practice is dedicated to providing you with the neck pain relief you need.
What will a treatment plan for neck pain look like?
Physiotherapy, chiropractic, or massage therapy are the best methods for treating neck pain if they are based around your active involvement in the plan of care. At Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation, our physiotherapists and chiropractors conduct an initial assessment physical evaluation to analyze the range of motion in your neck, as well as any limitations you have due to your pain.
They will take into consideration your specific symptoms, medical history, and any health limitations you may have, and they will combine that with your physical examination to design a customized treatment plan for you. You will work together to understand the goals and expectations of each treatment, with the main focus being overcoming neck pain and recovering your function as quickly as possible.
The early stages of your treatment will focus on quick pain relief and other symptom modification through the application of one or more of specific movements, manual techniques, therapeutic modalities like acupuncture, and advice specific to your case. Afterward, recovery of function becomes important, and it will involve your physiotherapist or chiropractor expanding your treatment plan to include strengthening your neck, upper back, and shoulder muscle groups, as well as gradual (re-) exposure to your activity.
Finally, your therapist will take some time to address prevention. Though the natural history of neck pain indicates that a person will get more than one episode in their lifetime, it is possible to learn strategies to mitigate the effects or perhaps prevent a stiff neck into becoming a painful neck. This may involve periodic checks of physical baselines, ergonomic recommendations, or specific stretches, exercises, and other movement strategies for taking care of your spine during your typical daily activities, like sitting or standing at a desk all day.
What’s causing my neck pain?
Neck pain is multifactorial in nature, and the onset is quite often unknown. Sometimes it may develop as the result of an injury. This can be due to poor loading strategies, repetitive motions, or some type of trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident resulting in whiplash. Sometimes, external factors like job stress, or stress to perform in your sport can contribute to musculoskeletal pain, including neck pain. So it’s important to keep that in mind, and be open to strategies managing these factors.
Underlying conditions, such as herniated discs and nerve compression, can be contributors to pain and cause radiculopathy pain to the shoulder blade, shoulder, arm, or hand. Degenerative disc disease is a common condition as we age, and it may also result in neck pain. Those with this condition typically report dull, aching pains in their lower neck. Keep in mind that in either case, people are more symptomatic with certain movements and positions, while finding some relief in others. It’s up to your therapist to help you learn what these movements and positions are, and ultimately, tailor a program that will most benefit your needs. Further to note, the evidence shows that a significant portion of people have these conditions and have no pain whatsoever. So know that there is hope, and these conditions are small pieces of a larger neck pain puzzle.
What else should I know about neck pain?
There are some other symptoms that may be typical with neck pain or a pinched nerve in your neck. These include, include but are not limited to:
- Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight
- Head and neck stuck in rotation and/or sidebent position
- Arm or hand weakness
- Numbness or tingling into the upper extremity
Relieve those pains in your neck today!
Don’t let your neck pain cause any more discomfort. Contact Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation to speak with one of our licensed Oakville, ON physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists today and schedule your appointment!
We will help you get started on the road toward long-lasting pain relie