Causes of Neck Pain
Your neck comprises seven bones more commonly known as vertebrae. In between each vertebrae are the discs, and the neck is stabilised by joints, ligaments and muscles. By its design the neck is highly mobile but because of this it is prone to injury. Most commonly the neck is injured as result of trauma, however postural problems also accountfor a large percentage of cases. Disc degeneration and arthritis also contribute to cases of neck pain.
Damage can occur to joints, vertebrae, discs, nerves, muscles or ligaments. A common neck injury is 'whiplash' where the head is forced beyond its normal limitations in a 'whip' like effect.
Poor posture can put the neck muscles, ligaments, discs, nerves and spinal joints under increased and unnatural stress. Commonly patients with neck pain brought on by poor posture will exhibit rounded shoulders and a poking chin. Poor sleeping positions or working in static positions for a long time will also cause neck pain.
How We Can Help
We can treat neck pain in a variety of ways:
- Functional and Rehabilitative exercises
- Encouraging normal activity
- Postural assessment, correction and advice
- Kinesiology Taping