NECK TREATMENT OSTEOPATH
CAUSESOpen or Close
Soft tissue injury; muscles, chronic wear & tear over a prolonged period of time, or internal disease – although these are very rare.
Some patients may be experiencing pain, in other areas of their body, such as their upper back, arms or shoulders, which could be sourced to the neck.
DIAGNOSISOpen or Close
David Gray Osteopath provides treatment for neck pain.
Whether you are experiencing pain as a result of whiplash, from a car accident, or a sports injury.
David can create an effective treatment programme & to provide long term recovery.
David a professional Osteopath, will always identify the cause of the problem, before suggesting a suitable treatment.
OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENTOpen or Close
After assessing the function & quality of neck & joint movement. David assess the muscle & fascial tensions, along with it's relationship to the spine and head.
He may apply soft tissue massage, to soften muscle tension with positional release, acupuncture & trigger point therapy.
He may follow this up with articulation & manipulation for joint release where necessary.
We also use gentle Cranial Osteopathic techniques, to rebalance the rhythmic function of the spine & cranium.
Recommended exercises for correcting poor posture, are also a part of treatment & consultation.
TENSIONOpen or Close
Most muscles of the body relax completely, when they are not being used. However, some muscles (known as 'anti-gravity muscles'), have to work all the time in order to keep your body upright.
Muscles at the back of your neck, must always be tensed, otherwise your head would fall forwards when you are sitting or standing.
When these muscles work too hard, or are not strong enough, it can cause neck pain & tension headaches.
People who are worried or under stress, often sub-consciously tighten their muscles more than is necessary, to hold their head upright.
Tension headaches, are very common & are often wrongly called migraines.
Working at a computer station & sitting slumped with head forward, loads the neck muscles & may create tension headaches.
There is evidence that the effects of breathing pattern imbalances, result in a variety of negative;
biomechanical influences & interferences.
All of which are capable of modifying each of these three subsystems.
Changes in the oxygenation of tissues; (including the brain), causes;
smooth muscle constriction,
heightened pain perception,
speeding up of spinal reflexes,
increased excitability of the corticospinal system,
hyper-irritability of motor & sensory axons,
changes in serum calcium & magnesium levels,
encouragement of the development of myofascial trigger points.
All or any of which, are capable of modifying normal motor control of skeletal muscle.
There is evidence that breathing rehabilitation & Breathing Pattern Disorders BPD, negatively influences motor control, neurological sensitisation, muscle behaviour, pain threshold & balance.
It is also evidenced that reversing these tendencies, by restoring more normal breathing patterns, has positive ramifications in many individuals.
ARTHRITIC TISSUE CHANGESOpen or Close
With everyday use over many years, the discs & the facet joints become worn.
This wear varies from person to person & the variable circumstances.
The discs become thinner & this causes the spaces between the vertebrae, to become narrower.
Also, 'spurs' of bone, known as osteophytes form, at the edges of the vertebrae & the facet joints.
In a way this is a particular form of osteoarthritis & it is known as, Cervical spondylosis.
NON SPECIFIC NECK PAINOpen or Close
Many people develop a stiff & painful neck, for no obvious reason.
It may happen after sleeping or sitting in a draught, or perhaps after a minor twisting injury, for example while cleaning or gardening.
The underlying cause for this type of neck pain, is not fully understood, so it is called 'non-specific neck pain'.
Having non-specific neck pain does not mean that your neck is damaged permanently It often happens in people, whose necks would appear completely normal, under an x-ray.
If it doesn't resolve within a couple of days, it is wise to have an examination & treatment, before the body begins compensating, with altered posture, adapting to the pain.
David expects most people to show progress with in two or three sessions - although some will feel better immediately.
As well as treating them physically, he will give preventative advice and exercises to make them stronger and more flexible.
'he is committed to his patients and his goal is to address issues as quickly as possible'
David will explain to you what treatment you'll need, how to speed up your recovery & when you can return to your regular activities & sports.
He may prescribe special exercises together with treatment to increase your joint mobility & performance.
Together with stretching your muscle groups accordingly, strengthening weak muscles, to restore muscle balance.
‘I am now walking and living pain free for the first time in 3 years’
In regard to pain, David takes a thorough history with consultation, guiding his examination. This determines for any individual the quality, duration & origin of this condition, how it uniquely affects you & how best to provide treatment.