Table of Contents:
- Can Neck Pain Create Other Symptoms?
- Physiotherapy for Whiplash
- Neck Pain Physiotherapy Treatment
- 4 Physiotherapy Stretches to Assist with Neck Pain
When you have neck pain, it is not unusual to have discomfort in your shoulder, upper back, or arms. This is referred pain, and it occurs when nerve impulses get muddled on their journey to the brain. These symptoms might create misunderstanding regarding the location of the true disease. Neck problems are often connected with the headache, a complaint that responds very well to physiotherapy treatment. Neck discomfort caused by nerve compression or inflammation may sometimes result in arm numbness or weakness. A physiotherapist is uniquely trained to diagnose these symptoms and provide suitable and successful treatment recommendations.
Whiplash is a word that is often used to refer to injuries to the head and neck that occur due to a jarring action. This most often happens due to a motor vehicle collision, although it may also happen during some contact sports or a fall. These injuries are often associated with neck discomfort and stiffness but may also result in headaches and pins and needles down the arms. In severe circumstances, neck bones might fracture; thus, it is always prudent to get treatment from a physiotherapist or doctor as soon as possible after these sorts of accidents.
Whiplash-associated illnesses are treated with physiotherapy using hands-on treatment to alleviate pain and restore mobility; exercises to rehabilitate function; and muscle retraining to rehabilitate strength and endurance. Whiplash may last for many months and can be highly debilitating if not treated properly. As a result, seeking guidance is always the wisest course of action.
- Neck and shoulder joints are mobilized and relaxed.’
- Massage treatments and maybe acupuncture is used to relax tight aching muscles in the neck, shoulder, and back.
- Stretching methods such as manual traction assist in relieving strain on the nerves and restoring their normal function.
- Taping relieves stress and strain on certain muscles and nerves and stimulates the corrective muscles and nerves to function more effectively.
- Provide you with a treatment and management plan to follow at home to maintain your progress. This may include at-home workouts, ergonomic advice on your workstation or seating posture, and self-massage devices.
- Neck Tilt Forward And Back
The first exercise is a straightforward neck tilt, which is best done while seated.
- Drop your head so that your chin rests on your chest.
- Maintain this posture for 5 seconds before resuming your starting position.
- Repeat five times more.
- Tilt of the Side Neck
You may do the following exercise in the same sitting posture.
- Gently tilt your head toward your left shoulder and reach out with your ear to touch it. Avoid going too far. Come to a halt if you sense a strain.
- Maintain this position for 5 seconds.
- Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
- This should be repeated five times on each side.
- Neck Turn
You may do this last exercise sitting or standing – the choice is yours.
- Continue looking straight ahead, then gently move your head to one side, maintaining the same level of your chin.
- Return your head to the front slowly and repeat on the other side.
- This should be repeated five times on each side. Maintain the stretch for five seconds.
- Chin Tucks
- With your neck and shoulders naturally aligned, begin by pulling (tucking) your chin backwards (“create a double chin”).
- Hold for 5 seconds before returning to the starting position.
- Five times more, repeat the stretch.
Neck Stretching Guidelines
When performed properly, neck stretches may be a very beneficial method of pain alleviation. Remember not to overdo it and to stretch lightly and carefully.
Stretching should improve, not aggravate, the condition of your neck. Therefore, if you feel worse or have discomfort when stretching, stop and see a physiotherapist or medical specialist.
There are several other possible reasons for neck pain, so it’s always good to get counsel from an expert. Someone like one of the Fraserlife physiotherapists! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at (778) 278-4755 to book an appointment.