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Neck Pain / Stiff Neck

Neck Pain / Stiff Neck Treatment

We use joint mobilisation and manipulation and soft tissue massage to reduce muscular tension in the neck and improve movement in the joints of the neck, shoulder and upper back. We offer specific advice on your posture at work or in the car and give tailored advice on exercise and stretching to help keep your neck and upper back muscles and joints relaxed.

We sometimes require X-rays, scans and other tests to make a diagnosis and on rarer occasions may refer you to a GP or a specialist for additional investigation or treatment.

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Neck Pain / Stiff Neck Symptoms

  • Ongoing neck, shoulder and upper back pain
  • Limited and painful movement when turning the head
  • Pain and/ or numbness in the shoulder, arm, forearm and hand
  • Headaches

Neck/Shoulder Tension

Neck and shoulder tension. As the British workforce becomes predominantly desk-bound and pressurised by performance targets, so we increasingly tend to suffer from the effects of the tense sedentary posture such as protracted shoulders, slouching back, extended neck and the many muscle, ligament and joint dysfunctions that underpin it.

Exercise Videos

We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.

bridge to health excercise video

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Top Tips to Prevent Neck Pain/ Stiff Neck

  • 1.If pain is acute, wrap a gel pack or frozen peas in kitchen roll and apply directly onto the painful area
  • 2.Check your posture, especially when sitting at a desk or in front of a screen – look up best practice postural guidelines
  • 3.Never spend more than two hours at your desk – get up and move to avoid ‘computer hump’
  • 4.Take breaks between repetitive tasks
  • 5.Adjust car seats and take time to stretch on long car and plane journeys
  • 6.If your neck aches when getting up in the morning, check the quality of your pillow
  • 7.Have a daily routine of neck, shoulder and back exercises to keep your neck and upper back relaxed
  • 8.Aim to walk half an hour or more a day
  • 9.Drink 8 to 10 small glasses of water throughout the day