Neck pain is a problem we see nearly every day at Hip to Toe. Around 65% of the population suffers from neck pain at some point in their lives. Hip to Toe’s Physiotherapists are able to treat the root cause of neck pain with a combination of massage, mobilisation, manipulation and exercises. Our goal is to treat the root cause of the problem.
The neck is a very complex structure and has to support the weight of our heads (which is like holding up a heavy bowling ball). In addition to that, our necks need to take on everyday stresses that we make them endure, such as bad posture, car accidents, cracking our necks etc etc. With all of these added stresses, it is very easy for things to go wrong.
Some of the neck symptoms we frequently treat are:
A dull ache around the back of the head usually coming from the base of the skull. The most common headaches are felt around the back of the head and the base of the spine. This type of headache can also radiate to the side of the skull and some time to the front of the head also.
The neck muscles might be tender and tight with hard knots (trigger points). Pain can sometimes be experienced up the middle of the neck or an ache on both or one side of the neck may occur.
If the joints or muscles in the neck are tight it can lead to a reduction in the ability to move the neck in a full range of motion.
Issues with the neck can lead to nerve pain in the spine. This can also result in pain in the neck that can radiate down the arms. Some people may also experience pins and needle or tingling in the arms, numbness, burning and weakness. This pain is more common at night.
This is where the muscles in the neck involuntary contract. Sometimes you can’t move your neck or will have extremely limited or painful movement. This condition is referred to as ‘wry neck’.