Neck pain is one of the most common presentations to an osteopath. Maybe we have the modern-day lifestyle to thank for that. Whatever the reason, having a sore neck places a massive burden on your life and can affect your daily activities. If you are in Mount Martha, Mornington or Frankston, there is no need to suffer from neck pain any longer, as Lachlan Allen from YouMove Osteopathy in Mount Eliza can help. With tailored treatments designed around the way your body moves, Lachlan will work closely with you to help you achieve your individual goals.
Neck pain comes in two forms:
1. Acute neck pain comes on quickly, is usually accompanied by a gross reduction in the range you can turn your neck and is terribly painful.
You may have had an incident straining your neck but most of the time people tell us they simply woke up with a stiff neck which gradually got worse over the next few hours.
The good news is this type of pain usually improves quickly and we aim to speed up this process with osteo treatment. We utilise the specificity of a goniometer in this presentation to give a measurable value to your improvement. Once your pain and range of movement have improved, simple advice relating to predisposing factors is usually enough to minimise the risk of recurrence.
2. Chronic neck pain has been troubling you for at least three months. Some people tell us they have suffered for many years.
The approach to this type of neck pain needs to be different. Injured tissues don't take years to heal so chronic neck pain requires us to consider the maintaining factors for your pain. This will involve assessing the way YouMove and treating according to your specific characteristics. It is also important that we have a good look at lifestyle factors such as posture, ergonomics, how long you spend sitting and minimising the effect that stress has on muscle tension.
Simple home-based rehab exercises can help, but anyone who has suffered chronic neck pain will know this often isn't the answer.
Pain that has been around for longer than three months is complicated. Even the transmission of nerve signals is altered in chronic pain, so you need to see an osteopath who understands pain to this complexity, an osteopath who will consider your case from an individual perspective.
Reach out for help with your neck pain
Lachlan will take the time to hear your story. He will work hard to get you feeling better and work with you to develop an individualised treatment plan.
So, if you’re not getting the answers you are looking for, give us a call, or book online for an appointment with Lachlan to discuss your neck or back pain.