Physiotherapy For Neck Pain

neck pain

Neck pain is a very common problem, with 1 in 5 people currently suffering from it at any one time and 50% of the population experiencing neck pain at least once in their lifetime.

Physiotherapy can not only be a very effective treatment for your neck pain … It can also help you to also make lifestyle changes that will also prevent further neck pain. 

If you’re one of the many Australians for whom neck pain really is “a pain in the neck”, our expert team of physiotherapists can help.

Symptoms of neck pain

If you have experienced any of these symptoms of neck pain, we encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our expert physiotherapists:

  • A clicking noise when turning your neck
  • A constant ache in your neck muscles
  • A persistent neck ache on waking
  • Decreased ability to move your head
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness when turning your head to reverse your car
  • Tingling in your hands or fingers
  • Pain in your neck after holding your head in one place for a long time, e.g. driving or working at a computer

What are the causes of neck pain?

The most common cause of neck pain is poor posture, especially from leaning over your computer or hunching over a desk or a workbench. 

Your neck muscles work very hard to maintain proper alignment of your head, which is very carefully balanced on top of your seven neck bones (vertebrae). Sitting in these awkward positions for prolonged periods of time strains and irritates the nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments and discs of your neck to a point where it becomes chronic and even the smallest changes in posture cause significant pain.

Other common causes of neck pain may include whiplash, arthritis and sporting injuries.

Physiotherapy treatment for neck pain

After assessing the cause of your neck pain, our team of expert physiotherapists will devise a holistic treatment plan that involves a range of manual therapy techniques combined with a specific exercise program to relieve your neck pain. 

Your course of treatment for neck pain may include include the following:

  • Heat or ice therapy to help manage your neck pain
  • Massage of tight neck muscles
  • Neck exercises to encourage improved movement
  • Neck strengthening exercises
  • Postural advice on how to avoid further neck strain
  • Spinal mobilisations to restore proper movement to your neck vertebrae. 

If you also suffer from neck pain related headaches, we established our specialised Cairns Headache and Migraine Clinic for the assessment and treatment of headaches, migraines and their related symptoms.

We also offer physiotherapy for posture related pain and offer a Home and Office Ergonomic Assessment Program.

To get help with your neck pain, get in touch with our team today.