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Neck Pain – Could neck strengthening exercises make the problem worse?

Neck Pain Physio Treatment

In the majority of cases your neck pain will be caused by the neck overworking for other muscles.

Very often there is another area of the body usually below the neck that is actually weak and causing the neck to overwork, hence causing neck pain! No amount of strengthening exercises, massage, mobilisations and manipulations you have on your neck will address the underlying cause. The muscles will continue to tighten up and the pain will keep coming back.

Unfortunately, until we actually assess you we cannot be 100% sure which muscles need to be actually strengthened to eliminate your neck pain. A big part of your neck pain treatment will include how to 'switch off' your overactive neck muscles.

Some people need to address issues at the hips or feet! We often have 2 cases of left sided ‘trap or shoulder pain and tightness’ radiating into the shoulder blade or up in to the neck. These 2 different cases will not clear with the same treatment plan because everyone is different!

We will take a very unique approach to treating your neck pain. We will not only assess your neck, but we will address the underlying problems with your body positioning. These include the position of your spine, hips, ribcage and we will also consider your stability at the foot and look at how you are breathing. We will then use a range of manual and non-manual techniques in clinic to restore the proper alignment of your body reducing pain and dysfunction.

Some Signs That My Neck Is Overworking For Other Muscles:

  • Neck feels heavy and tight 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

If you have neck pain that you’ve struggled to get rid of, book your FREE Consultation Call today and allow us to find the real cause and eliminate the tension and aches for good.

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