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.
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.