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.
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– Peet Ronin Husák
– Emma Rosanne
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
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