Neck pain can be very troublesome not only in the daytime, but also when you are about to get some shuteye. It is a condition prevalent across all ages and does not choose its next victim. So where do you find relief from neck pain?
In this article, we will give you details about an alternative medicine that can deliver effective treatment to manage neck pain.
First, let’s list some reasons why we develop neck pain?
There are many things that trigger neck pain. Here are some of them:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Extended hours in front of the computer or sitting on the table
- Long-haul driving
- Improper or incorrect posture
- Emotional stress
- Mental and physical exhaustion
- Osteoarthritis and other degenerative musculoskeletal conditions
There are also cases when nerves around the neck region are inflamed and trapped resulting in neck pain from the shoulders and down to the arm. There is also numbness and a feeling of pins-and-needles in the affected region of the upper arm.
Neck pain may also cause a few other unpleasant conditions such as headaches and migraines.
How does osteopathy help reduce or eliminate neck pain?
The field of osteopathy offers a wide array of manual manipulative strategies. Osteopathic manipulative treatment will depend on a patient’s age, fitness level, and diagnosis. To reduce muscular tension in the neck region, gentle manipulations are implemented during treatment sessions. Soft tissues and joints are massaged in a rhythmic fashion to release some tension. Gentle traction, stretching and joint mobilization where you may hear a click are also prescribed where necessary.
Osteopathic treatment for neck pain is customised based on various factors relating to a patient’s condition. Depending on the cause of neck pain, the treatment may involve manipulation of body parts other than the neck such as the shoulders and spinal region.
Ample recommendations will be provided to patients on how to correct their posture to prevent exacerbation of symptoms or to avoid neck pain from reoccurring altogether. Stretching exercises are useful strategies for pain management by patients who are undergoing osteopathic treatment for neck pain.
To make accurate diagnosis, patients will often be prescribed diagnostic tests including scans, x-rays and other laboratory tests. The diagnosis will be helpful in producing a comprehensive treatment plan that will not only include osteopathic treatment but traditional medical management using medications and therapy sessions, if needed.
If you want to finally get rid of that pesky neck pain once and for all, we can help! To schedule an appointment, give us a call on 03 9663 5450 today.