Did you know that physiotherapy for neck pain happens to be the single most effective remedy for finding sustainable relief?
Nearly all ‘physiotherapy for neck pain’ programmes involve gentle and consistent treatments which can reduce pain, discomfort and stiffness – often to the point where you can resume day-to-day activities normally and even engage in exercises to improve neck strength, flexibility and mobility.
How does physiotherapy for neck pain work?
Physiotherapy for neck pain is typically given to individuals who are looking to:
- Reduce pain, discomfort and stiffness in and/or around the neck
- Gradually get back the complete range of motion
- Develop better strength, flexibility and mobility within the neck and its surrounding musculature
- Come up with ways to avoid neck pain or discomfort from occurring again
Even if neck pain cannot be completely eliminated – such as more serious cases where surgery may be required – any kind of physical therapy or ‘physiotherapy for neck pain’ programme can greatly improve neck posture, mobility and daily functioning.
There are generally two forms of physiotherapy for neck pain:
Active physiotherapy, where the patient is required to move their body in a specific way through stretches and exercises. This improves the neck’s strength and flexibility, which means it becomes less painful and susceptible to injuries. As a bonus, posture improves and the cervical spine also endures far less stress.
Passive physiotherapy, where specific treatments are applied without any effort or movement from the patient. This could be anything from ice packs and heat therapy to ultrasound, electrotherapy, massage therapy and others. The general goal here is to reduce pain and swelling as much as possible.
Who is an ideal candidate for physiotherapy for neck pain?
Physical therapy for the neck may be ideal in a number of cases, for example:
- Injury recovery – Injuries such as those sustained during sport, physical activity or, say, a car accident, can damage the soft tissues and joints in the neck. This results in pain accompanied by stiffness and a limited range of motion which can last weeks or even longer. Physiotherapy for neck pain can not only reduce the pain and discomfort but also restore the neck’s normal movement patterns and especially the range of motion.
- Surgery recovery – Following surgery, some patients experience a fair amount of pain and stiffness for weeks, and often many months. This can affect muscles around the neck and, to some degree, even those in the upper back and spine. Physical therapy can help to gradually (and safely) reduce stiffness, restore normal range of motion faster, and even guard against painful spasms as the muscles are going through a reconditioning phase.
- Unknown chronic pain – Many patients experience episodes of lingering or recurring neck pain where the exact cause or mechanism of pain can be hard to establish. In this case, physiotherapy for neck pain can help improve the neck muscles’ strength, helping it to support the cervical spine, which means it will be more resistant to pain and discomfort now as well as in the future.
Any kind of neck pain, stiffness or discomfort should not be taken lightly – book an appointment with a qualified physiotherapist today.