Physio is the most effective treatment for your neck pain
Matthew Laing, MScPT, BPHE
A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that physiotherapy is more effective in relieving your neck pain than pain medication and gets you faster results than chiropractic treatment!
At Foundation Physiotherapy, we use a combination of manual therapy, education, exercise, and postural correction to help our clients get rid of their neck pain and build a healthy foundation to prevent symptoms from recurring.
Now, neck pain occurs for a number of reasons. The best option is to get your neck assessed by a physiotherapist who can isolate your issue and teach you the appropriate exercises to get better faster.
That being said, one reason that many people experience neck pain is due to tight neck muscles. One of the main culprits is your upper trapezius.
From neck pain to headaches, to making it difficult to look over your shoulder while driving, these guys are usually involved.
Here are two quick and easy exercises that can benefit most people in reducing their neck pain or preventing neck pain.
Chin tucks are a simple yet effective tool for treating neck pain. Especially for those of you working on a computer all day!! How simple? Follow the picture. Pull your chin in, hold, relax, repeat 10 times. Done.
For this one, you are going bend your neck towards your opposite shoulder and gently apply a little “pull” your arm as in the picture. This stretch shouldn’t hurt. And please hold the stretch for at least 60 seconds! None of this 10 second stretch stuff anymore!
So the next time you have neck pain, instead of grabbing the Advil… call your physiotherapist!
Matt is the co-owner and physiotherapist at Foundation Physiotherapy.