Fighting a losing battle with chronic neck pain Brisbane? We’ve got a plan to help you live pain free.
This article will help guide you through the frustration of neck pain by explaining:
- Common causes and symptoms of many neck pain conditions
- What you should do to reduce pain
- What you shouldn’t do
- How to treat chronic neck pain and shoulder tension in a way that lasts – using cutting edge technology such as low level laser, expert deep tissue massage, strengthening the neck, ergonomics and too many other techniques to list.
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What causes neck pain?
This article explores the most common causes of neck tension.
Pain can be triggered by many things including Whiplash injuries, locked facet joints (vertebra), nerve compressions (radiculopathy), disc bulges. A wry neck is a common condition involving either a locked joint or a bulging disc. It’s important to consult with a qualified clinician such as a Myotherapist or Remedial Massage Therapist to get an accurate assessment of what the underlying cause is. Don’t assume symptoms that sound like what we are discussing are what you have – get a diagnosis and understand what’s causing your pain.
Muscular strain is a common source of neck pain.
When muscles in the upper back and neck are weak and lack endurance – the neck can become irritable.
What are the Symptoms of Neck Sprain?
- Neck stiffness
- local neck ache/pain (often at the base of the skull)
- loss of movement range
- loss of movement quality (difficulty or pain)
- pain between the shoulders
- sharp shooting pain in neck
- neck muscle spasm
- shoulder pain
Symptoms often decrease when the neck is supported or at rest – and may increase with movement or unexpected moves.
What should I do to reduce Neck pain?
- Be conscious of posture and movement – not staying in one position for extended periods.
- Reduce muscle tension with expert deep tissue massage
- Ergonomics adjustment (simple, cheap and effective)
- Strengthen the upper back with a theraband (reduce the need for treatment)
Used in tandem with ergonomic adjustments this strengthening suite has been scientifically validated to decrease chronic neck pain in as little as 3 weeks.
What shouldn’t you do when you have chronic neck pain?
Don’t endlessly use ibuprofen and paracetamol and topical creams to reduce pain without addressing the causes. Chronic use of these substances create serious complications to our kidneys, liver and have been shown to elevate blood pressure.
How do you treat neck pain?
At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments involve:
- determining the causes of pain
- Low level laser (to reduce muscle tension and pain)
- expert deep tissue massage (to keep muscles loose and pain free)
- Joint Mobilisations (to help the neck move effortlessly)
- Dry Needling (to reduce muscle tone)
- Electro needling (to stop headaches and reduce nerve irritation and inflammation)
- Exercise and Strengthening (to reduce the need for treatment)
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Neck Pain FAQs
The first professional you should consider for neck pain episodes should be a Remedial Massage Therapist or a Myotherapist. No one treats more neck pain than a massage therapist.
A common form of neck pain related headache is called a tension headache. Muscular overload, postural factors and stress all play a role in neck pain headaches. Remedial Massage and Myotherapy are effective ways to quickly resolve tension headaches.
Scientific studies have conclusively proven a link between stress, pain and tension. Neck pain can absolutely be caused by stress.
Neck irritation is associated with many forms of arm pain. The nerves that give the arms sensation and physical function pass through the middle and lower neck. If they are compressed here – it is very common to feel symptoms as far down the arm as the fingers. A radiculopathy is a common form of this condition.
Studies have shown that up to 60% of rotator cuff pain can be managed by treating the neck alone! Yes, it is common for the neck to be involved in shoulder irritation.
There are a lot of possibilities for neck pain in the upper body. The most common suspects are the muscles that help you look over your shoulder or the muscles that help you tip your head up and down. Lets list some muscles – upper trapezius, the sub occipitals, splenius capitus, splenius cervices sterno cleido mastoid. Yep they are all common ingredients in neck pain and headaches.
Obviously it depends. But a good comprehensive neck massage will involve the upper trapezius, the sub occipitals, splenius capitus, splenius cervices sternocleido mastoid. Plus a whole lot more.
Neck pain can be a chronic condition or the result of an acute injury – such as whiplash disorder. Getting appropriate treatment will rapidly resolve most peoples symptoms.
Remedial Massage is an effective way to reduce many forms of neck pain and tension. A qualified remedial massage therapist or Myotherapist will assess you and establish the cause of your pain and provide rapid relief for most neck presentations.
A qualified Remedial Therapist will ask you some questions and hear your story. From here they will assess movement and what makes symptoms worse. They may use special tests to see if the neck joints are a factor or if there are nerve issues also. After determining what factors are involved in your pain they will treat those factors in an efficient way. Techniques involved may include, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisations, myofascial release, dry needling, low level laser, assisted stretching and postural advice.
All pain states are a recipe – postural factors, muscle overuse, muscle underuse, unaccustomed movements, arthritic change, ligament or nerve irritation, stress and anxiety even environmental factors such as furniture or pillows. Like chocolate cake – the recipe has many ingredients.
Neck pain may reolve within a few days on its own – but why live in pain? Get a Remedial Massage or Myotherapy treatment quickly and live pain free.
There are many factors as to why neck pain may be worse at night – but commonly it is because of joint irritation that gets worse when the stabilising muscles relax – or the much simpler your pillow is not suited to your body type and sleeping style.
Obviously Remedial Massage and Myotherapy treatments are the most efficient – but if you are unable to find the time for an appointment people often find relief by placing there head on a tennis ball with the ball positioned at the base of the skull on one side of the spine, or a gentle upper trapezius stretch called listen to your shoulder. Grab your head and gently pull your ear towards your shoulder while looking straight ahead. If these aggravate your pain its advisable to get a consultation with a professional to find out why.
Most of the time, this is not a red flag but a result of physical or emotional stress or environmental factors such as pillows or furniture – however unrelenting neck pain can be a symptom of serious medical concern – consult with a Myotherapist to ascertain the cause of your pain or see your GP if you are not getting relief from massage interventions.
Many neck and upper body irritations are aggravated by looking over your shoulder. If you look over your left shoulder and you get pain in your left shoulder blade it is possible that you have muscle tension or a joint irritation or a nerve irritation. Myotherapy or Remedial Massage should alleviate symptoms for these quickly. An assessment by a qualified professional is advisable.
The base of the skull is a common source of pain – particularly in office workers, trade people and professional drivers. Postural factors are a contributing factor. For the majority of base of the skull pain Remedial Massage and Myotherapy can be very effective. Getting an assessment will reduce any stress and help you live pain free.