Image
image
image
image


Neck & Shoulder Pain

Neck pain is very common and is usually nothing to worry about although if the pain persists then GP referral is recommended. Neck pain or a stiff neck can be the result of back pain, shoulder pain, whiplash (neck injury) or simply poor posture, sitting in a draught for too long, sleeping on the wrong type of pillow or too many pillows causing abnormal positioning of the neck, etc. It usually gets better in a few days and painkillers can be used to help relieve symptoms as well as gels, heat packs or hot water bottle, changing your pillow, gentle exercises and stretches and manual therapy such as soft tissue release, myofascial release therapy, etc. See neck pain for more information and useful links.

Shoulder pain is normally a symptom of a shoulder disorder such as frozen shoulder, rotator cuff disorders (muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint), shoulder instability, injury and other smaller joints in the shoulder causing conditions such as acromioclavicular joint disorders. The most common disorders that Nikki at Body Therapy Clinic has worked with are frozen shoulder and rotator cuff disorders. These can be caused by minor sports injuries, falls or repetitive shoulder movements causing tension, spasms, inflammation of tendons or even muscle fibre tears. Manual therapies such as soft tissue and sports massage techniques have been used, as well as advice such on exercises and using heat or ice compressions. Other types of treatment are painkillers, corticosteroid injections and in some cases surgery - please refer to your GP for diagnosis and medical advice. More informatoin and useful links can be found under shoulder pain.

image


image
image
image