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There is strong evidence that physical therapy is effective as first-line neck pain treatment, neck and arm pain, neck-related headaches, and persistent neck pain.

Assessment of neck pain:

It is first important to undertake a comprehensive history in order to hear your story, how the pain began and how it impacts on all aspects of your life. We screen for serious causes of neck pain.

We will then perform a comprehensive examination of your head, neck, upper limbs and surrounding structures. This includes assessment of: the sensitivity of the structures to touch, movement and load; the mobility of the neck, trunk and upper limbs; and the ability to relax the muscles of the neck and shoulder girdle. We are most interested in the postures and activities that you find limiting.

Treatment of neck pain:

Based on all this information, we will then explain to you in simple language, where the pain is coming from, the factors that are contributing to it, and discuss the best treatment options available to you.

If your pain is acute (sudden onset), the key is to help you to get comfortable and moving as this helps with recovery. This may involve some hands-on treatment and gentle home exercises. We will also identify the factors that caused neck pain and make a plan to prevent it in the future.

If your pain is persistent (longer than 6-12 weeks), we will work out a plan with you to help you take control of your pain and get back to living based on your goals. For some people this may take 2-3 sessions, however, for others this may take up to 7-10 sessions over a 3-4 month period. 

Neck pain treatment often involves learning to relax tense muscles, regaining neck mobility if restricted, a graduated strengthening exercise program, and a plan to get you physically active, based on your preference. It’s really important to get you fit, confident and strong as this results in pain relief and increased functional capacity. We will identify your goals and ensure the treatment plan is directed towards these.

At Back in Balance, we are not interested in ongoing band-aid treatments for your pain. We know that the best approach to management is to help you understand why you have pain and what can be done about it, to put you back in control, moving more, and living life again.

Is pain or injury holding you back?

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I highly recommend the treatments given by Josh. I sufferd from shoulder pain and he put my shoulder together quickly. Josh is very kind and knowledgeable. Many many thanks for your help. I appreciate it !

– Peet Ronin Husák

I have been receiving treatment at Back in Balance for my back pain and have had amazing results. Josh is very friendly and knowledgeable and has really helped me to become pain free.

– Emma Rosanne

I’ve been receiving first class treatment from Josh Gill, an Osteopath at the clinic, concerning a reccuring injury with tendon weakness spanning over 4 years. I was very depressed and using crutches, with little confidence I could engage in sport again.

The hands on treatment and rehab exercises have been invaluable and have sped up my recovery time. He really takes the time to explain body mechanics and healing, with a very encouraging and positive approach. I no longer need crutches or any kind of foot support. I’m really looking forward to resuming my varied fitness regime again.

– Hels Bells

I have been suffering with my back on and off for years now due to spending large portions of my working day hunched over fixing bikes. A friend recommended I go see Josh. I’d never seen an osteo before but i’m so glad I went.

My back has been so much better while at work, not just from the treatments but all the advice I was given about how to hold myself at work and exercises I can do when the pain starts. This was great value and well worth the money! Thank you

– Jasper Davies

Was treated by Josh for my low back pain which has now gone, also he made some suggestions for my diet which has really helped my dry skin. Highly recommend, very knowledgeable

– Jamie Acres

I highly recommend the treatments given by Josh. Last Autumn my back consultant suggested spinal injections followed by probable surgery to relieve my back and leg pain. I was treated by Josh and have been pain free since then. No injections. No surgery. Josh is a highly skilled osteopath. I felt he was extremely knowledgeable. He was professional and at the same time very caring and reassuring. I will certainly return if ever I have a skeletal problem again. Thank you Josh, I recommend you to everyone.

– Sheila Elmer

Josh has treated me for multiple acute injuries and several long term/postural problems I’ve had. You see results very fast and he doesn’t try drag things out over multiple sessions like a lot of therapists. The information and instructions he gave me have really helped to improve my overall health and reduce my injury’s, he’s on the cutting edge of evidence based practice for sure. Would definitely recommend 10/10

– Ben Royle