Neck pain and headaches are common complaints experienced by many people. Neck pain can be caused by tension, stress, poor posture, whiplash injuries (149, 150, 151) and car accidents. And as a result of severe muscular tension and joint restriction in the neck area, painful headaches can be experienced. Occasionally dizziness, visual disturbance, nausea and jaw pain can also occur.
Neck pain and headaches can be the result of extensive sitting or standing, prolonged computer work, poor sleeping posture, heavy lifting, repetitive activities, sporting injuries, jaw dysfunction (41), infection, allergies (131) or food intolerances, eye strain and sinus congestion (131).
Our osteopaths are trained to be able to distinguish between uncomplicated neck pain and that which is caused by an underlying pathology.
When treating neck problems, our osteopaths may assist by identifying the source of the pain and apply manual techniques which may reduce the duration of the pain (38, 39, 57, 58), muscular tension (37, 59), inflammation (36), and nerve irritation. This may in turn improve joint mobility and blood supply. Our osteopaths will give instructions on posture, exercises and stretching to aid your recovery. They will also give advice on diet, hydration, lifting techniques, stress management and ways to improve your ergonomic environment (including the use of pillows and bedding).
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