Physiotherapy For Neck Pain
Let me share a personal experience that would change my treatment approach for treating neck pain forever.
It was 4.49am and I awoke suddenly for the third night in a row.
As my eyes opened a cold sweat began to form on the back of my neck. My head felt like it was in a brace staring straight ahead.
I didn’t dare move.
My husband snored beside me and anger bubbled inside me. I felt jealous of his peaceful sleep.
The muscles held me in a vice, angrily standing to salute, an over protective mechanism that I knew was manageable if I just kept my head on the pillow, still. But I couldn’t lie like this forever.
I darted my eyes across to see if I could spot the pain relief I had left my the side of the bed.
My head felt like lead and the headache was being to intensify, blurring my vision and pulsating behind my eye.
I was going to have to move.
I took a deep breath and before I’d even started to rotate the neck the pain kicked in.
“Do not move” my brain commanded me as I tried to lift and rotate my head.
I ignored and continue so it delivered it’s punishment.
As the frustrated tears began to fall down I used my hands to support my neck.
It’s just muscle spasm I told myself.
You have seen this hundreds of times with patients.
You NEED to move, stop guarding.
But the logical voice could not reach the inner child.
How could this intensity of pain just be muscle spasm?
Maybe it’s more serious, maybe I have cancer?
Dr Google was not my friend that night.
Not only was the bright light hard to focus on but the position sent ripples of pain everytime I looked down. After 15 minutes of reading I was convinced it must be something more serious.
Now, you may be thinking this is over the top but if you have experienced it you will have know first hand where your mind goes when you can’t sleep and feel this intensity of pain.
You are not alone.
How Common Is Neck Pain?
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About 40-70% of people will experience neck pain at some point in their life time. It is more common in women and prevalence increases between the ages of 35- 49.
The intensity of pain can be great and muscle spasm can leave us staring at the ceiling at 4am, our head pinned to the pillow with the slightest movement sending searing pain into the head and upper back.
It can be extremely scary and can often leave us worrying that it may be something more serious. Although this is uncommon, an assessment will go through your history to establish your clinical pattern.
We rule out ‘red flags’ which would alert us to something more serious going on. If you are concerned that it may be something more complex or serious you should book into see one of the senior physiotherapists.
Please select the ‘specialist physiotherapy assessment’ on online booking here.