26 Nov A visit to an Osteopath is not a pain in the neck.
But holding a bowling ball in one arm indefinitely is not a good idea.
We’ve all had it. A neck so immobile that we agree to things purely because it’s less painful than shaking our head. A neck so stiff that we have to twist our whole body around to check if cars are coming before we cross the road. Does that sound familiar to you?
Statistically, one in ten of us has neck pain at any given time. That’s because the neck works harder than we give it credit for. Its role is to support the head, which weighs on average 5kg, yet most of the time it does so with what seems like little effort. Compare that to the rest of your body. How long could you hold out a bowling ball with one arm before your bicep went on strike?
There are plenty of causes of neck pain: the bizarre positions that we sometimes assume during sleep; the constant effort to balance our head as we lean forward to view a screen; or more chronic conditions like arthritis, for example. Whatever the cause, neck pain can severely restrict our movements.
The most common cause of neck pain is a strain or sprain injury and, in our experience, this is the underlying problem for 99% of patients who present to us. As with anything, a correct diagnosis is critical, and we’ll spend time discussing your symptoms and history with you before we launch straight in to hands-on treatment.
So what should you do when you have neck pain? Simple. Speak to Relinque Sports and Spinal Group today on 03 9499 9644. We’ve been successfully treating all forms of neck pain for more than twenty years and usually we’ll have you shaking your head like a determined teenager in no time at all.