The old saying “That’s such a pain in the neck!” is more than just a phrase. Many people experience debilitating and uncomfortable pain in their neck that often radiates down into their shoulders!
You use your neck constantly every single day. It’s an integral part of proper movement. Sharp pain or low-grade constant aching in your neck can prevent you from functioning properly during your daily activities. Whether checking your blind spot, performing a high bar back squat, interfering with your work at a desk, looking up at things overhead, or it shows up as you tilt your head downwards to dry your hair, physiotherapy can help! Many people are able to find neck pain relief every year thanks to physiotherapy. Amped Physiotherapy is dedicated to providing you with the relief you need and deserve.
Neck pain can occur for any number of reasons. Typically neck pain goes from the base of the skull to the top of the shoulder blades and settles in the very back of the neck. The severity of the pain can vary from a dull ache to a sharp and stabbing pain, and sometimes, neck pain even includes additional bothersome symptoms. Below are a few:
- Discomfort and pain when remaining in the same position for too long
- Loss of sleep due to pain and discomfort
- Arm weakness
- Stiffness and muscle tightness in the upper body
- Numbness or tingling into the upper extremities
- Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight
Physiotherapy is easily one of the best, most effective treatment methods available for neck pain relief in Ottawa, ON. At Amped Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists will perform a thorough initial assessment of your body to analyze your neck, shoulders, and shoulder blades, along with the muscles, joints and nerves that affect them. From there they will form a diagnosis that helps them create your customized treatment plan. Together you will work to understand the expectations and goals of each part of your treatment plan, with the ultimate focus being overcoming your neck pain and recovering as soon as possible!
You will have ‘manual therapy’ or ‘hands-on’ therapy treatments for your neck pain relief somewhere in your care plan. Manual therapy consists of special techniques that decrease the amount of stiffness you feel in your neck as well as improve your neck’s range of motion. Our physiotherapists will also give you specific exercises targeted at strengthening, building, and improving the quality of the muscles and tissues in your neck. Their advice and education will revolve around improving your posture to assist with the recovery of your neck muscles, as well as avoiding recurrences in the future.