Osteopathic Treatment For Neck Pain

Today’s modern living often entails hours of driving and hunching over workstations, which can play havoc with our necks. So it is no surprise that neck pain is the second most common condition that Osteopaths treat.

Whilst neck pain is less common than low back pain, millions of people experience neck pain often in combination with related pain such as headaches, shoulder and arm pain at some point in their lives. As musculoskeletal specialists Osteopaths are trained to diagnose and treat various types of neck pain using various tried and tested techniques.

Wear & Tear

Wear and tear, Osteoarthritis or Joint Degeneration occurs due to the accumulation of stresses over time. Throughout life the spine is required to withstand considerable weight bearing strain, purely as a result of the pressures of daily living.

The overall effects of degenerative changes of the spine, leads to a feeling of stiffness and reduced spinal mobility. However, just like any other part of the body, the better care that is taken of the spine, the less degeneration is likely to occur.

Osteopathic treatment can be very effective for the symptoms caused by wear and tear. It is never too late to take proper care of the spine and help slow down the ageing process.

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The increase in time we spend in front of screens as a culture is undoubtedly increasing the the frequency of neck related problems we see in the clinic. Text Neck is a relatively new phenomenon and is typified by pain and stiffness in the neck caused by bad posture whilst looking at your smartphone. Overtime this repeated weight of the head tipping forward can not only cause painful muscle stiffness but also actually change the curvature of the spine. Awareness of good posture whilst either at a computer, looking at your phone or even watching television will help reduce neck pain and associated symptoms such as cervicogenic headaches. As part and parcel of Osteopathic treatment you will be given detailed advice on correcting your posture as well as ensuring your computer and/or driving set-up is ergonomically correct. You will also be offered appropriate neck stretches and exercises to help lessen your symptoms recurring.


Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head backwards and forwards or sideways, are referred to as “whiplash”. Whether from a car accident, sporting injury or an accident at work, whiplash and associated neck injuries warrant a thorough Osteopathic examination.


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