Neck pain Liverpool | Osteopath in Liverpool | Osteopath in Aigburth
Neck pain is common in people of all ages and is often caused by how we use our necks. Working all day bent over a computer, driving long distances, poor posture while standing or sitting, stress and tiredness are all factors that can cause the muscles in the neck and upper back to become tight and the joints to become stiff which can contribute to ongoing neck pain. Around one third of adults suffer with neck pain at some point in their lives.
Sometimes a nerve in your neck can become irritated or “trapped” and cause pain in the arm going down into your shoulder or the hand, and may be accompanied by pins and needles and numbness. Some headaches can be the result of tension or stiffness in the neck and upper back. Osteoarthritis or age-related wear and tear in the neck can also cause muscular pain from the neck into the shoulder as well as some stiffness in moving the neck.
In the acute phase of injury the osteopath will aim to restore the patients normal, age-related movement in the neck. Your osteopath will do this gradually with a number of techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation and stretching as well as specific exercise designed to improve neck control as well as some appropriate home care advice.
When you are pain free your osteopath will often start to look at why you became in pain in the first place, this involves assessing and addressing any biomechanical and postural issues and providing a management plan that will look to build strength and control and help reduce the risk of injury in the future.