Up to 50% of people in the UK experience neck pain every year. The neck is a very mobile and therefore vulnerable part of the body. Most neck pain is caused by unnatural use of the neck. Poor posture, long distance driving, slouching, stress and tension or bad sleeping habits can all cause the muscles and joints in the neck to become strained or tight. This causes the mechanics to become faulty and may lead to:
Part of the joint may become irritated and cause sudden sharp pain and muscle spasms. This may resolve on its own but may need some help to remove the muscle spasm and restore normal function.
A nerve may become pinched by a misaligned faulty movement in the joints or a disc bulge. It may cause pain and/or pins and needles in the arm or hand. Harmonic treatments can help to restore normal movement in the neck joints and help to take the pressure off the nerve from the disc bulge.
Some headaches can be the result of tension or stiffness in the neck and upper back.
OA or “wear and tear” may be more likely and result in an increase in muscular neck pain or joint pain and stiffness.
Harmonic treatments including acupuncture can reduce the muscular tension and improve movement and mechanics in the joints of the neck and upper back. Harmonic techniques reduce the need for more heavy handed “manipulations” that some people dislike.
Lifestyle advice including better posture at work or home and exercise and nutrition is always offered.