Neck Pain Treatment

Neck pain is a condition seen in the Pro Sports Physiotherapy Sports Injury Clinic on a daily basis. We often see Chronic Neck Pain cases that people have had for years. Treatments such as mobilisations and massage temporarily relieve the pain and tension but it quickly reappears days later.

 So Why Does It Keep Tightening Up?

Very often there is another area of your body that is actually weak and causing the neck muscles to over work hence causing neck pain. Until this imbalance is addressed those muscles will just keep tightening up again and again. Traditional techniques such as massage, mobilisations and manipulations may give temporary relief, but they will not treat the cause of your neck pain.

So How Do I Know What I Need To Strengthen To Fix My Neck Pain?

Unfortunately until we actually assess you we cannot be a 100% sure which muscles need to be actually strengthened to eliminate your Neck Pain. Some people need core work, some need hip stability work and some need ankle stability work. We will often have two cases of left sided ‘trap or shoulder pain/tightness’ radiating into the shoulder blade or up into the neck. These two exact same case presentations will not improve with the same treatment plan because EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT! We cannot give every patient the same treatment and expect the same result as every single person moves different to the next.

Some Signs That My Neck Is Overtaking For Other Muscles:

  • Neck feels heavy especially at the end of the day
  • Neck feels tight when getting stressed or anxious
  • Breathing feels laboured and difficult at times
  • Pain improves slightly with exercise but stiffens up at rest
  • When doing sit ups, there is a lot of pressure felt in your neck
  • Neck feels tight after doing weight training

There will be some rare cases however were neck strengthening exercises may be indicated and will actually help completely eliminate neck pain. Again this will all be covered in your initial assessment in the Pro Sport Physiotherapy Sports Injury Clinic.

If you have Neck Pain that you have struggled to get rid of get in touch today and allow us find the real cause and eliminate the tension and aches once and for all!

Happy Customers

  • After many years as a keen sportsman, in 2012 it was diagnosed that I needed a full left knee replacement operation at the age of 66yrs old. The operation was successful. However due to the lack of physical exercise pre-op and post-op I developed Achilles Tendinopathy (tendinitis) in the left ankle in June 2013. My consultant recommended sports physiotherapy to be administered by MARTIN HIGGINS. Martin identified the causation of the Achilles injury and through a series of recommended exercises and physiotherapy the severe pain this injury inflicted is now completely gone.

    I found Martins professionalism, knowledge of sporting related injuries and sensitive approach outstanding. Thanks to Martins advice and support I am now back to a full active life.

    Dave Farrar
  • I have played regular cricket, hockey and squash all my life. After nearly 2.5 years of trying to resolve acute pains in my hip and lower-back following an injury to my hip, Martin was literally a miracle cure i.e. within the space of 3 hours the pain was gone. I left the clinic feeling as if my life had changed. More importantly, the regular manipulation required to click my back and hip into place stopped after seeing Martin. Absolutely amazing!

    David de Silva
    David de Silva York
  • I’d been suffering with constant back pain for 8 months and had paid for 18 sessions with another private physio (nearly £600) who had tried ultrasound, exercises and cupuncture to get on top of my pain and I was under a specialist on the waiting list for an MRI scan. I was taking anti-inflammatories and pain killers and I was using a TENS machine and sacroiliac support belt most days to get me through. I was working reduced hours and had time signed off sick. Martin took his time to explain his approach and that it was different to techniques used by other physios. After his assessment he started me on some exercises. By the end of the session my pain was significantly reduced and after doing the exercises frequently for 24 hours, the following morning I woke up pain free for the first time in as long as I could remember. I’ve had two sessions with Martin now and I’m pain free most of the time as long as I remember to do my exercises. I would not hesitate to recommend Martin to you, I am so grateful for the recommendation made to me!

    Nicki 32, Saltaire
  • I have worked closely with Martin for over a decade in managing elite sportspeople from a variety of backgrounds. His abilities to listen, clinically examine, reach a reasoned diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment plans at the highest level are outstanding. He is also renowned as a superb educator – his clarity of thought and ability to explain complex conditions in understandable ways allow his patients to commit to their treatment and achieve the best outcomes. I would have no hesitation in asking him to treat me, or members of my family

    Mr Doug Campbell
    Mr Doug Campbell Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon
  • I have suffered with a bad back for the last ten years and frequently I have been in excruciating pain. During that time I have seen numerous physiotherapists, osteopaths, doctors and consultants, in fact I have lost count how many, and I can honestly say Martin has been the only person to provide me with any relief and pain-free days. He is optimistic yet realistic, knowledgeable, down-to-earth and seems to understand exactly what I am describing when I explain my pain. Not only is he an excellent physiotherapist, he is a very nice person too. A rarity these days.

    Margaret Easingwold, North Yorkshire
  • Martin has a unique and different understanding of how the body works, resulting in dramatically effective new techniques and exercises to resolve all kinds of physical issues. His techniques have enabled me to make great progress in recovering from back pain that has ruined my life for the last 20years, and now I am starting to be able to play the sports that I love again. I have been to many osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists and nothing had made a noticeable difference until I met Martin. His approach is very unusual, and the exercises at first seem strange, but they are extremely effective, and once you start to understand the principles, they put you back in control of your body. In the past I often found it difficult doing physiotherapy exercises for my back, day after day, because I could not feel that they were helping. With Martin’s exercises I can feel that they are working.

    Professor Gregory
    Professor Gregory 58, Ilkley
  • He has helped my daughter who is a dancer, to avoid an operation on her hip, and to resolve posture issues that she has had since childhood. Martin’s approach is a breath of fresh air, and gives you hope that you can be well again. He is incredibly resourceful, and will always find ways of modifying his exercises to suit your own particular physical state and issues. He will get you out of whatever rut you are stuck in so that you can enjoy your life again!

    Professor Gregory
    Professor Gregory 58, Ilkley
  • Having ruptured my ACL, Martin and Prosport Physiotherapy were recommended to me by a friend who had been through the same surgery. Martin was calm and reassuring whilst helping to outline a clear way forward. With the aim to of returning to international competition in less than a year prehab and post-surgery rehab were factored into my plan. With regular appointments, Martin was able to monitor my progress, set me new challenges to keep me motivated and help reach my goal. Without Martin’s persistence I would not have been able to play again at the highest level. I’ve appreciated his friendly approach and will continue to come back with any new injuries.

    Katharine Leeds

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