Neck Pain


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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?

You have probably found this post because you are searching for ‘physiotherapy for neck pain.’


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.




What Causes Neck Pain?

Physiotherapy for neck pain is important because we rely on our neck for every day movements. 


If we are in pain this can stop us working efficiently, driving or getting our children ready for school. Neck pain may occur following a period of increased activity, poor work posture or following a trauma such as a road traffic collision.


Although neck pain is common people often suffer unnecessary as they wait for it ‘to go away’ or ‘just put up with it.’ 


There are several structures that can become sensitised and sore and our Chartered physiotherapists will provide effective treatment so you can return to the life you love.

What Common Conditions Can Physiotherapy Treat In The Neck?

We treat a wide range of conditions. If you are unsure if physiotherapy is right for you book your free discovery call to discuss whether we can help.


  • Acute torticollis
  • Disc protrusion/ prolapse
  • Nerve referral from the neck
  • Whiplash
  • Muscle spasm
  • Hypermobility Syndrome
  • Muscle strains
  • Cervical disc degeneration.
  • Cervical facet joint inflammation
  • Cervical foraminal stenosis
  • Trigger point referral
  • Kyphosis
  • Stinger’s and Burner’s
  • Cervicogenic headaches


Common Causes Of Neck Pain

  • Road traffic collisions
  • Trauma ie falls/trips/slips/
  • Manual work
  • DIY
  • Hypermobility syndrome 
  • Sports Injuries
  • Overuse
  • Working at a desk
  • Domestic Violence – Nicole used to help on a domestic violence unit so if you have been held by the neck or thrown down the stairs we can support you and help you through your recovery. We are extremely professional and experienced with these situations.
  • Intimate injuries – you’d be surprised how many people get injured through acts of passion. Don’t be embarrassed as we deal with this all the time and can help.


How Can Physiotherapy Help Neck Pain?

Physiotherapy aims to help relieve pain through clear identification of the mechanism and current dysfunctions in the surrounding muscle. We can help you to understand how to move in a way that relieves pain and avoids injury.


People are often surprised how quickly pain can resolve once you use the muscle effectively. If we can reduce the effort on muscles which are compensating and normalise your movement pattern this can help to reduce pain.


We also use acupuncture, taping, massage, soft tissue mobilisations and joint mobilisation techniques to reduce pain.

What Will Happen In A Neck Assessment?

It is important we understand how your pain or injury has presented. Whether you have had a n injury or pain has come on over time helps guide us to know what structures may be affected. Taking a detailed history helps us to understand the mechanism and guide our treatment. 


We will help cut through the noise of Dr. Google and get you focused on spending time on the things that make the difference, avoiding unnecessary pain or delay in your recovery. 


What Treatments Are Used For Neck Pain?

We have an amazing tool kit to help relieve neck pain.


Treatments include soft tissue mobilisations, manual therapy, TENs, Compex, Ultrasound, exercise prescription, hydrotherapy and and loads more.


So if you need help getting back to driving, out on the tennis court or would like to lift your head off a pillow without pain then book your free discovery call and take that first step on the road to your recovery.


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