Posted by Eqphysio
on 1 June 2018
The most obvious sign and symptom of neck stiffness
or soreness is difficulty moving your neck, particularly
when looking over your shoulder in one or both directions.
Occasionally, you may also have headaches, shoulder
pain or pain that radiates into the arms.
Most people don't realise the extent of their neck stiffness until it affects their function. For example, when they begin to have difficulty reversing their car, which requires the ability to turn the head to the extreme range of movement.
Though there are several causes of a stiff neck. The most common causes are a result of things like:
Sleeping with your neck in an awkward position. This could be due to incorrect pillow size or shape.
Sporting or whiplash type injury
Poor posture. This is particularly common in office workers who sit at a computer for long hours each day.
Stress, which can cause the muscles of the neck and upper back to tighten up.
How can physiotherapy treatment help a stiff and sore neck?
The aim of physiotherapy is to reduce the pain and ultimately the stiffness of your neck, so you can get back to your normal daily activities.
Physiotherapy treatment would include:
Symptomatic treatment, which can involve soft tissue massage, heat therapy, electrotherapy, joint mobilisations and/or dry needling.
Stretches and exercises to improve the dynamic strengthen of the neck and surrounding muscles
Development of self help techniques and strategies to avoid the stiffness and pain recurring
If we can help you with any of your neck aches or pains please feel free to contact us:
Phone: 9553 8145
Or if you're in the area, drop on by and have a chat with us to see if we can help in any way. We're located at 1/45 Montgomery St, Kogarah NSW 2217