Neck Pain

Neck pain Physio Treatment , stiff neck, torticollis, whiplash – London Physiotherapy treatment at home or at the practice in Moorgate Monument, Begravia & Clapham


Neck Pain Physiotherapy treatment in London

Physiotherapy can reduce neck pain and aid faster recovery by improving strength and flexibility.

London Home Visit Physiotherapy has been treating all forms of neck pain for years and our specialised and experienced London physiotherapists can create a tailor-made treatment program for you, in order to help you get back to normal activities as soon as possible. We work with different techniques depending on the type of pain and its causes, including manipulation, strengthening, and mobility exercises. Our London physiotherapists can also prescribe exercises you can perform on your own at home between treatments, in order to speed up recovery even further.

If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.

If you cannot find an appointment that suits you, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.

Neck Pain Physiotherapy in London in our Practice in Moorgate Monument, Clapham & Belgravia

We offer neck pain treatment with our expert physio at one of the Light Centre locations in London, City of London near Monument station, Belgravia near Victoria station and Clapham Common, as well as our therapy room in Clapham South. We also offer workstation assessment and employees treatment for businesses that wish to reduce employee sick leave.

Neck Pain Physiotherapy Treatment at Home (Home Visit in Central London)

For Patients who cannot come to our physio practices, we offer neck pain physio treatment at home in Central London to fit your busy schedule, or if you neck pain is too important for you to come to the clinic.

Our Neck Pain Physiotherapy treatment in London is covered by Axa, Bupa , Cigna, WPA , Allianz and other health insurances

All our physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa registered & recognised (BUPA Global and BUPA UK), Axa registered & recognised (AXA International, AXA PPP), Cigna registered & recognised and WPA registered & recognised

For appointment with our neck physiotherapist at home or in our practices in Moorgate Monument, Belgravia or Clapham : 0207 125 0262 / 0782 455 3765

For more information about Neck Pain, scroll down, our physiotherapist explains everything you need to know about neck pain and treatment.

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Neck pain & Physiotherapy

Neck pain is pretty common and three out of four people will experience some form of neck pain at some point in their life. Most cases aren’t caused by a serious problem and the pain will eventually go away after a few weeks with some rest and physiotherapy or osteopathy. In a few cases, it might be caused by more serious issues, in which you should seek medical advice.

Neck pain: how to recognize it?

The vast majority of neck pain or cervicalgia are trivial and do not hide anything serious; it is generally due to muscular contractures of the neck or shoulder muscles. But you still need to do a thorough assessment in order to know its exact origin so that the physiotherapist can treat you effectively.

Neck pain is pain at the back of the neck. It originates at one of the elements constituting the neck: muscles (torticollis), tendons, ligaments, nerves, cervical, etc. and remains localized in the neck region.

Neck pain can also radiate to the middle of the back and shoulders. The neck can still move in most cases, but we will find a limitation in its movement when the patient turns the head from right to left, in flexion or extension. This limitation may provide a clue to the physiotherapist specializing in neck pain as to the origin of the pain.

Neck pain can be accompanied by sometimes annoying symptoms, such as:

  • pain on the back of the neck
  • Neck and/or neck stiffness
  • Spasms
  • Headaches/migraines
  • eye fatigue
  • Difficulty moving the neck and head
  • Radiation or tingling in the arm or hand

Neck Pain, What are the causes?

The neck is vulnerable to injury despite its strength and flexibility. The most common causes of neck pain are sports injuries, whiplash, overuse injuries, strain from repetitive activity, poor support during sleep or poor posture. The latter is very common amongst office workers who work in front of a computer for long hours, using workstations that haven’t been assessed and adjusted properly.

You may have neck pain for various reasons:

  • improper posture during work or hobbies (very common for patients who work in the office)
  • sudden movement of the neck
  • too much time behind the wheel, in front of a computer or sleeping in a poor position
  • anxiety or stress,
  • but also osteoarthritis or neck trauma,
  • compression of one or more nerves,
  • damage to a cervical vertebra.
  • It can also be due to a traumatic episode such as a car accident (whiplash),
  • a fall,
  • a bad movement during a sporting exercise
  • or a shock received for any other reason.


It is not uncommon for neck pain to radiate towards an arm, this is called cervico-brachial neuralgia. This is due to a contracted muscle or any other structure slightly compressing your nerve which also causes neck pain, pain or pins and needles in the arms or even fingers.

Rest isn’t advised for longer than two days for neck pain, as this might make it harder to return to normal activities. If you suffer from neck pain or whiplash, the general advice is to keep as mobile as possible without pain, using painkillers such as ibuprofen when needed.

The most common causes of acute neck pain explained

  • Whiplash – neck injury caused by sudden movement of the head, often caused by traffic accidents.
  • Torticollis – also known as wry neck, it is pain and stiffness of the neck due to bad posture during sleep on sitting in front of a computer
  • Cervical arthritis – inflammation and degeneration of the joints due to cumulative stress and wear and tear.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis – inflammation and pain in the spine and other joints
  • Cervical disk injury – protrusion or herniation of one or more of the cervical discs that act as shock absorbers between the neck vertebrae
  • Cervical osteoarthritis: it is quite common in people over 50 who have worn intracervical cartilage.
  • A traumatic episode in the neck: whiplash during a car accident, impact to the head, repeated sports trauma, handling.
  • Cervical sprain: this is an immediate reaction following an event where the cervical spine was stressed too strongly. It is then important to consult a physiotherapist in order to identify and work on the different tensions caused by the body following this event (fall, whiplash, etc.).
  • Muscle strain or sprain – muscle or ligament injury through over-stretching or awkward movement.

Why neck pains are common?

Neck pain is common because the cervical region is constantly called upon in its role of holding the head and must ensure a multitude of movements in relation to the trunk, even if only to look toward the visual objective.

How long can neck pain last?

If you have recurring neck pain or the neck pain does not disappear within 1 to 2 weeks, it is recommended to consult your physiotherapist specializing in neck pain. Indeed, untreated neck pain can increase the risk of developing cervical osteoarthritis, which is irreversible.

Acute or chronic neck pain?

Neck pain is said to be acute when it lasts less than 6 months; beyond this duration, it is considered chronic. This is why neck pain should not be left without physiotherapy treatment for too long. Indeed, once chronic neck pain sets in, it will take much longer to recover and long physiotherapy rehabilitation will be necessary.

So take care of yourself and don’t wait to start rehabilitation with your physiotherapist specializing in neck pain.

How do you know if a neck pain is serious?

If your neck pain is particularly severe and also felt in your arms, this is a sign of seriousness, which should prompt you to consult as soon as possible. Neck pain accompanied by fever, nausea and/or vomiting should also alert you. Once again, the sooner the symptoms of neck pain are taken care of, the easier it will be for your physiotherapist specializing in neck pain to treat them correctly, free you from them and prevent them from returning in the future.

Should I do physiotherapy if my neck pain is mild? why does my doctor prescribe neck rehabilitation sessions for me?

Physiotherapy or osteopathy sessions are often prescribed by the doctor in the event of neck pain. Indeed, although mild, neck pain can be repeated due to muscular weakness in your neck muscles. It is therefore more than advisable to strengthen your neck so that your neck muscles, which are more toned, protect you from potential future neck pain.

Neck Pain Physiotherapy treatment in London

What are the techniques used by our physiotherapists in London to treat neck pain?

Different techniques can be used: neck massages, cervical mobilization, stretching of the neck muscles, muscle strengthening, and analgesic treatment.

How to treat neck pain? Neck treatment London

Neck pain is generally treated by:

  • Physiotherapy or osteopathy sessions, where you will learn to correct your posture and practice exercises to strengthen the neck and neck muscles. Often, the treatments provided by the physiotherapist or osteopath have a relaxing effect and reduce pain.
  • Taking pain medication (analgesics, anti-inflammatories)
  • The application of heat or, on the contrary, ice to the painful area
  • Corticosteroid injections, for particularly severe pain (postpone it as much as possible, conservative treatment will be less harmful to your tendons)

Neck Pain Treatment in London by our London physiotherapist specialist

The physiotherapist or osteopath helps you identify and correct these contributing factors, which will help prevent recurrences and the occurrence of osteoarthritis in the long term.

The physiotherapist or osteopath has many techniques to treat and relieve sudden pain, such as muscular, joint, visceral or fascial techniques, and many others.

The physiotherapist or osteopath will choose the techniques to use based on numerous parameters: the circumstances in which the pain appears, whether it is traumatic or not, its duration, but also your age and your medical history. It will also be based on the results of tests carried out on your cervical spine recommended by your doctor. All this will allow him to choose the right techniques best suited to your situation.

If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.

If you cannot find an appointment that suits you, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.

Advice from our physiotherapists in London to avoid neck pain:

  • Remember to stand up straight as much as possible, with your shoulders back
  • Arrange your desk so that it is neither too leaning nor too extended. Your computer should be at eye level.
  • Avoid spending too long in front of the computer (regular breaks with stretching are recommended)
  • Sleep on your back, to align your neck with the rest of the spine.

What to do in case of neck pain? advice from our specialized physiotherapist

  • Lie down and rest your head. This unloads the cervical spine and is often enough to relieve pain.
  • Heat (a hot bath, for example) can relax the muscles and reduce pain. There are also soft heat pockets (available in pharmacies).

How does a neck pain assessment work with our London physiotherapists?

The neck assessment will always begin with questions about:

  • The origin of your neck pain
  • When your neck pain started
  • If you have a history of neck pain
  • If you have already had neck trauma
  • If you have already started or done neck rehabilitation in the past

The palpatory assessment carried out by the physiotherapist

  Our London physiotherapist will palpate the painful neck area to feel the contractures and their position in your neck. The physiotherapist will then do the same thing in your shoulder area to ensure that it is not a displaced pain.

He will also feel your vertebrae to check if there is any rotation or protuberances.

Range of movement assessment carried out by our physiotherapist

The neck physiotherapist will then test how your neck behaves during movements of flexion, extension, rotation, inclination in order to assess if there are any limitations which will indicate which part is more painful and whether it is muscular or tendon or mechanical.

Assessment of neck muscle strength

Finally, our physiotherapist will test the muscular strength of your neck muscles to see if it is not a problem of muscular hypotonia.

If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.

If you cannot find an appointment that suits you, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.