Physical Therapy for Neck Pain

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Neck pain is common but not serious. Most cases can be treated without surgery. If you experience neck pain, your doctor often recommends you to have physical therapy. If you are wondering whether physical therapy is suitable, this article is for you.

Heat/ice compress

Think about this therapy. Heat can promote blood flow containing oxygen and nutrients to the neck. This can help the affected area heal better. Cold helps slow down the circulation. This can reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. Use a heating pack and an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. Do not fall asleep with a heat/ice pack on your body. Do not put ice cubes directly on your skin. Use a towel. You can also take warm baths. Warm baths may help you relax your muscles.

Manipulation

Manipulation can be done with bare hands or special devices. A therapist, or a chiropractor can help you. During the treatment, pressure will be put on your joint. The pressure should range from mild to strong, from slow to fast. The procedure should be done gently.

Mobilization

In this treatment, a therapist uses slow movements to pull, twist, or push to help the joints and bones. The therapist will use the hands to help. The movements are measured to prevent injury or unexpected pain.

Massage

Massage helps relax your muscles. A therapist uses bare hands to put pressure on the muscles, making them loosen. Thus, massage can help reduce pain, tension in soft tissues in the cervical area, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Massage can also help reduce stress.

Acupuncture

Some studies have shown that acupuncture is a good idea for people with neck pain.

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment that comes from China. However, it now is used more often in Western medicines. During an acupuncture, small needles are inserted into acupuncture points. This will stimulate the release of natural painkiller – hormone endorphins. This can reduce pain in the neck. You may need more than one session to receive long-lasting effects.

Traction

Traction therapy uses a special device to expand the space between your vertebrae. Some experts think that it can reduce the pressure on your spine, increase the exchange of fluid, and improve the range of motion of your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Your doctor may recommend you to apply heating pads/ ice packs during and after the procedure. Exercises should be done after your neck is treated.

Exercises

Exercises for neck pain aim to reduce pain, strengthen and stretch the muscles of the neck. Exercises can also help you maintain good posture while sitting, standing, or sleeping. Doing exercises can help increase your flexibility, range of motion and joint mobility.

Exercises for neck pain include strengthening exercises, stretching exercises, and low-impact conditioning.

Physical therapy is often involved in treatment programs for patients with neck pain. It aims to relieve the symptoms, strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility. Find a suitable therapist and he will help you with your tasks.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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