Neck Pain

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Can Osteopathy help with Neck Pain?

“I used Avenue Osteopathy because my husband recommended them. My neck had seized up and I was impressed with the speed that he resolved my pain and got my neck moving freely again.”

Osteopathy is a most effective treatment for neck pain. NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommends manipulation (osteopathy) as an effective treatment for spinal pain. Prompt treatment from Avenue Osteopathic Practice for painful necks, not only gets rid of the immediate problem, but can prevent long-term symptoms developing.

Whether the pain has arisen through a road traffic accident, long hours sat infront of the computer, or whether as a result of faulty posture, osteopathic treatment can be very effective in dealing with these problems.

One of the main purposes of osteopathy is pain relief. Osteopathy helps people of all ages who suffer from neck pain. The osteopath’s role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient’s mobility in order to make life more comfortable.

Osteopathic Techniques

The techniques used at Avenue Osteopathic Practice can help neck pain by restoring movement to the joints with a gentle rhythmic articulation, gently massaging tight and restricted muscles and releasing locked joints with HVTs (High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrusts). Most patients feel immediate relief and a course of up to three or four treatments is all that is usually required for complete relief.

What Causes Neck Pain?

help with neck painNeck pain is often caused from inflammation or restriction in the facet joints that run down either side of the neck. This is what is often called a ricked neck and can be the result of a sudden movement, spending long hours infront of the computer, sleeping in an inappropriate position; for example, falling asleep in front of the television. A more serious cause of neck pain is a bulging disc (herniated disc). This may be the result of damage caused by an impact such as a road traffic accident or increased pressure due to overuse, or simply by the natural ageing process. The muscles of the neck can also be responsible for producing pain and discomfort, and in some cases, headaches. Shoulder and arm pain are often symptoms of neck problems. This is because the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm travel through gaps between the bones and joints of the neck and can be trapped by them.

Diagnosing Your Neck Symptoms

As described above, there are a number of reasons people develop neck pain. A correct diagnosis of the problem is essential as each condition is treated with different techniques. At Avenue Osteopathic Practice you are always given a full diagnosis that will be explained to you at your first assessment. This diagnosis will be made after a full examination and tests have been made by the osteopath. Only after this process has been completed will a treatment plan be started, or referral for further examination, e.g. MRI scan, be made.

Pain-killers and Muscle Pain, Do’s and Don’ts

It is never advisable to take pain relief before taking part in high-impact activities or physical work. This is because without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and re-damage your neck.

Although it is always better not to take drugs, as they all have side effects, they can be useful in some circumstances. lf neck pain is preventing you from sleeping, this can have a serious effect on your whole life, and it is worth a compromise of the side effects of the pain-killers for a good night’s sleep.

Pain-killing drugs can sometimes counteract the effectiveness of other medication you may be taking, and in some cases can be very harmful. Therefore it is important to check with your Doctor or Pharmacist as to whether they are appropriate, or indeed safe.

Some inflammatory conditions will benefit from NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) but again, it must be remembered that they may reduce inflammation but not the cause of the inflammation. Also they can cause stomach problems in some cases.

Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey – Nearby Towns

Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey is near the towns of Stoneleigh, Ewell, Worcester Park, Epsom, Morden and New Malden.

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