We see a wide variety of injuries which affect the neck both acute or traumatic, and from overuse or repetitive stresses. With a traumatic injury such as whiplash from a car accident fall, or sports, or other sprain/strain in the neck we will help you safely regain your range of motion, work on decreasing muscle tension, and increase strength in the stability/posture muscles to help prevent secondary complications from these injuries, and return you safely to activity. Chronic/overuse conditions resulting in neck pain are becoming more common as a result of people, both kids and adults spending most of the day sitting at a desk, looking down at work, a computer, or handheld devices.
These flexion positions, combined with poor posture, put a lot of extra stress on the muscles that stabilize and control movement of the head and neck. When the muscles become overworked the tension in the muscle increases, which can cause inflammation, and headaches. The increase in muscle tension puts abnormal stress through the joints of the neck, which if allowed to continue for a long period of time can lead to joint stiffness, or a decrease in mobility, and an abnormal wearing down of the protective cartilage on the bony surfaces of the joint. This can lead to an early onset of degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis or disc degenerative disease (DDD).
We will work to manage the inflammation to promote an optimum environment for healing through manual techniques, modalities and icing instructions. We will use manual techniques and a prescribed stretching program to decrease muscle tension, taking stress off the healing tissues. We will work on the mobility of the joints in your neck, making sure everything is positioned and moving as they should, and ensure proper muscle activation of your stability muscles in the neck and core, as well as increase their strength and endurance, through developing an appropriate exercise program. We will give you tips, things to watch for, and exercises to help improve your posture, and develop better work position habits to help prevent this condition from coming back!