Neck pain is a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) which also includes back pain and repetitive strain injury (RSI), now known as Work Relevant Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD). MSDs are one of the main causes of people being off work sick.
Physiotherapy is extremely effective with MSDs. In one study, 80 per cent of people who had physiotherapy for their MSD were able to carry on working and did not have to go off sick.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapists are highly skilled at supporting people with neck pain. They may give you hands-on treatment such as manual therapy and acupuncture. Your physio will probably advise you on suitable exercises and pain relief, as well as tips on how to prevent further problems.
Physios work in the NHS, privately, for charities and in the work-place through occupational health services. Physiotherapy has been shown to work through clinical studies and research and is a treatment you can trust.
What will happen when I see a physiotherapist?
When you see a physio, they will assess your problem and give you advice. They may give you a physical treatment. Everything you tell the physio will be completely confidential.
So that your physio can have a good look at your neck, it’s a good idea to dress comfortably and wear suitable clothing.
How can I help myself?
There are exercises that can reduce your neck pain. There are also ways to help prevent it coming back. The right sort of exercise, as advised by a physiotherapist, can make a big difference. Lifestyle changes, such as being more active and improving your posture, may help.
Top tips to prevent neck pain
Check your posture, so that you hold yourself comfortably
Gently strengthen your neck muscles
Take regular breaks from desk work, driving or any activity where your neck is held in one position
Keep your neck active and mobile to prevent stiffness
Check your eyesight in case reading is making you stoop
Practice relaxation if you are prone to stress, to reduce tension across your shoulders and neck
If you suffer persistant neck pain contact a Chartered Physiotherapist
Musculoskeletal specialist physiotherapists can help treat neck pain effectively