Neck Pain

Neck pain, stiff neck, torticollis, whiplash – London Osteopathy treatment

whiplash_002The neck is formed by seven bones called the cervical vertebrae (cervical spine), which are linked by facet joints. Between each vertebrae is a disc, which allows the spine to be flexible. The muscles attached to the cervical spine support the neck and allow it to move in various ways.

Neck pain is a common but serious pathology and osteopathy treatment can help you avoid experiencing chronic neck pain. Untreated neck pain or whiplash can lead to cervical arthritis or other chronic neck pathologies, which can take longer to rehabilitate from.

The most common cause of neck pain is minor strain or sprain, but there are many types and causes of neck pain

  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Whiplash – e.g. due to a car accident
  • Cervical spondylosis – degeneration due to wear and tear
  • Ankylosing spondylitis – inflammation and pain in the spine and other joints
  • Slipped disk
  • Hernia
  • Scoliosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurological diseases

We don’t advise you to rest for longer than two days for neck pain, it is important to relieve muscular tension and to return to normal activities. If you suffer from neck pain, our London osteopath will use several osteopathy techniques to aid your recovery.

Our London osteopath will, but not only

  • Release the tension in your muscles
  • Release conflict between your vertebrae to improve mobility
  • Release tension of your fascia
  • Release tension between you vertebrae and the base of the skull, where tension can be  most damaging for the future heath of your neck.

All this will help reduce the pain significantly and most importantly restore your neck’s natural mobility and range of movement.

If the pain doesn’t go away after a couple of days, osteopathy can reduce pain and aid faster recovery by improving strength and flexibility. Our specialised and experienced London osteopath has been treating all forms of neck pain for years. Our London osteopath can also prescribe exercises you can perform on your own at home between treatments, in order to speed up recovery even further.

We offer home visit osteopathy treatment in London or if you prefer we also offer osteopathy treatment at two Light Centre locations in London, City of London near Moorgate station or Belgravia near Victoria station.

article by James Turgis Chartered Physiotherapist