The majority of people will experience neck pain or stiffness at some time in their lives. Whether it is a sharp pain, dull muscular aches or an inability to fully move your head, a painful neck can be very frustrating.
How Does the Neck Work?
The neck comprises of seven bony vertebrae (the cervical spine), typically referred to as C-1 to C-7, with cartilaginous discs between each vertebral body. Numerous muscles and ligaments in the neck allow for movement, while continuously supporting the cervical spine. The neck supports the weight of the head and protects the nerves hat carry sensory and motor information from the brain down to the rest if the body.
Causes of Neck Pain
Neck pain can result from a variety of causes including muscle strains, joint and disc degeneration, nerve compression, direct trauma and certain diseases. Pain may spread to the upper back, shoulders and arms, or it may cause a headache. Faulty posture in combination with stress and anxiety is a common cause of chronic neck pain.
The Importance of Exercise Therapy
Exercise therapy plays a pivotal role in treating and managing neck pain. Treatment aims to restore full range of movement and function of the neck, providing long term pain relief. Correct rehabilitation and exercise technique is essential in helping you return to previous levels of activity as well as preventing re-injury.