Neck pain is a common complaint that can significantly impact our lives. Whether it's caused by poor posture, muscle strain, or underlying conditions, seeking effective treatment is crucial for relieving discomfort and regaining mobility. Physiotherapy offers a holistic approach to addressing the root causes of neck pain, providing long-lasting relief. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of physiotherapy and two research-backed treatment approaches to alleviate neck pain.
A study conducted by Gross et al. (2015) found that exercise therapy is effective in reducing neck pain and improving physical function. The study involved a combination of stretching and strengthening exercises tailored to each patient's needs. Physiotherapists can guide patients through these exercises, targeting specific muscle groups to improve flexibility, strengthen the neck, and reduce pain.
In a study by Jull et al. (2019), researchers investigated the effectiveness of manual therapy for individuals with chronic neck pain. The study concluded that manual therapy, such as joint mobilization and manipulation, significantly reduced pain intensity and improved cervical range of motion. Physiotherapists skilled in manual therapy techniques can use these approaches to provide targeted relief and improve overall neck function.
Physiotherapy offers a range of treatments to address neck pain, including:
Gross, A., Miller, J., D'Sylva, J., Burnie, S. J., Goldsmith, C. H., Graham, N., Haines, T., Bronfort, G., & Hoving, J. L. (2015). Manipulation or mobilisation for neck pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (1), CD004249.
Jull, G., Moore, A., Falla, D., & Lewis, J. (2019). Grieve's modern musculoskeletal physiotherapy (4th ed.). Elsevier.