Neck pain has numerous causes from muscular strain and issues like whiplash, to a ‘cricked’ neck or torticollis. Necks can become arthritic as we get older but also get stiff and tight through poor posture.
Neck pain is usually either at the top, just below the skull, or at the bottom around the shoulders.
Neck pain is one of the top five chronic pain conditions in terms of prevalence and years lost to disability, according to the British Medical Journal, BMJ. in 2017
The BMJ goes onto say that ‘among complementary and alternative treatments, the strongest evidence is for exercise, with weaker evidence supporting massage, acupuncture, yoga, and spinal manipulation in different contexts.’
Physiotherapy treatments for neck pain will always include exercise therapy alongside appropriate manual and manipulative therapies.