Neck pain is a very common problem, with two-thirds of the country having neck pain at some point in their life time.
Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by a number of other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, and squeezing of the nerves originate from the cervical vertebrae. Joint separation in the neck creates pain, as does joint separation in the upper back.
The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of your neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for your head to sit on. If this support system is affected negatively, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.
Treatment of neck pain depends on the cause. For the vast majority of people, neck pain can be treated conservatively. Recommendations which may help alleviate symptoms include applying heat or cold. Other common treatments could include medication, body mechanics training, ergonomic reform, or physical therapy. At Axis Physio Wokingham we can assist in diagnosing your neck pain problem and recommending the right course of action to take.
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