The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear.
Some neck conditions that can improve with Physiotherapy are:
- Cervical intervertebral disc injuries
- Cervical sprain injuries
- Degenerative joint syndrome of the neck
- Facet joint sprain
- Acute torticollis
- Spinal joint restriction syndromes
- Chronic neck pain
Prompt physiotherapy treatment facilitates a significantly quicker recovery. Additionally, a delay in seeking treatment can result in a greater risk of developing a protracted and ongoing complaint.
Treatment to address both the mechanical and the neurological causes of neck pain may include:
- Specific Gentle joint mobilisation/ manipulation To improve the mobility of the spine and to restore range of motion; it can also increase movement of the adjoining muscles. Patients typically notice an improved ability to turn and tilt the head, and a reduction of pain, soreness, and stiffness.
- Neck Traction
- Therapeutic massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Pain relief treatment
- Heat therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Cold treatments
- Inferential electrical stimulation
- Ergonomic and lifestyle changes Prevention is the most effective treatment for neck pain, so learning to use good mechanics and the maintenance good posture can be far more therapeutic.
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Neuromuscular facilitation
- Neck Stretching exercises
- Neck Strengthening Exercises
- Core neck muscles stability
- Kinesio Neck taping
- Home care programme
- Neck pain prevention management
Early Physiotherapy assessment and intervention is the most important part in helping patients achieve the safest and fastest results possible.
Stretch of the Month
The wide-arm chest stretch will help loosen up your shoulder as well as your chest muscles.
- Stand up with your back straight and your feet shoulder-width apart.
- From here, lift your arms up until they are at the height of your shoulders with your palms facing forward.
- From this position, push your arms backwards until you feel a tight stretch in your chest and back.
- Hold this position for five seconds before returning to the starting position.
- Do three sets of 10 before taking a break.
Here are a few tips that will help you to increase your performance and decrease fatigue at work:
Remember that breakfast is the first meal of the day and it needs to be a good one, breakfast also reduces work related fatigue and weight gain.
Caffeine, too much of coffee really doesn’t make you fresh and instead leaves you tired in the long run. Try limiting your coffee to two cups/day.
Poor Posture, next time you catch yourself slouching, correct your posture & keep your spine upright and use a chair with a cushion for your back. While standing, remember to balance your weight on both feet and keep the knees bent slightly.
Working for long hours can be tiring. So, you need to utilize your breaks to the maximum. Try some gentle stretching. You can also put your feet up and relax your calves and feet.
Remember, you need to enjoy everything you do if you want to lead a good life. Try these little tips and watch work become fun!