NECK PAIN AND STIFFNESS- Singapore Physiotherapy for Neck pain

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NECK PAIN AND STIFFNESS- Singapore Physiotherapy for Neck pain

The neck supports approximately 1/7th of the body’s weight and is a highly flexible region. When experiencing neck discomfort, it can greatly restrict our mobility, earning it the colloquial label of a ‘pain in the neck’. Physio Asia, a well-established physiotherapy centre in Singapore, is dedicated to addressing neck pain by not only alleviating immediate discomfort but also offering guidance for long-term relief and preventive measures.”

Common Signs & Symptoms of Neck Pain:

  • Muscle knots around sides of neck or shoulder blades
  • Tension around neck and shoulder muscles
  • Radiating pain to shoulders, arms, upper back and/or chest
  • Cervical Headachesor migraines
  • Stiffness of neck or difficulty holding the neck in one position
  • Weakness, tingling, or numbness in arms or hands (cervical radiculopathy)
  • Hunching the back and slouching due to pain
  • Fatigue, depression, and anxiety

Types of Neck Pain: Your pain may either be Acute or Chronic in nature.

  1. Acute Neck Pain or Neck Strain:

Acute neck pain and muscle spasms can stem from various sources, including:

  • strained neck muscles or soft tissues due to improper posture,
  • extended periods of looking down at phones or computers,
  • muscle or ligament strains from sports-related incidents,
  • carrying heavy shoulder bags, or
  • adopting incorrect sleeping positions.

Additionally, neck trauma, such as whiplash injuries resulting from car accidents or falls that cause sudden backward and forward neck movements resembling a whipping motion, can lead to discomfort. Emotional trauma can also manifest as neck pain.

  1. Chronic Neck Pain: 

Chronic Neck Pain sets in when discomfort continues for more than three months. This can be particularly prominent in cases such as:

  • herniated neck discs,
  • spinal stenosis,
  • cervical bone spurs,
  • facet joint wear and tear related to cervical spondylosis,
  • pinched cervical nerves,
  • certain neck postures,
  • carrying heavy bags, and
  • utilizing incorrect breathing techniques.

In such situations, it becomes essential to actively pursue and implement effective solutions.”

Neck Pain Treatment through Physiotherapy:

Neck pain can often be preventable and manageable with the right approach, and that’s precisely what our team of physiotherapists excels at. Physiotherapists at our clinic are highly experienced in treating neck pain.

Your physiotherapy session for treating neck pain might include:

  • Neck Joint mobilization and manual therapy,
  • Cervical decompression therapy neck traction (light stretching of the neck),
  • Core neck Strength (SCORES) and stretching exercises,
  • Posture corrections as well as ergonomic advice,
  • Breathing exercises,
  • Cold laser and ultrasound for pain,
  • Short wave diathermy or electrical stimulation,
  • Improve balance and movement coordination.

How to prevent Neck Pains:

Posture corrections and movements can reduce and prevent neck pain from becoming chronic. Examples include:

  • Sit straight in the chair and keep your back supported
  • Position your feet flat on the floor
  • Lower your shoulders and keep elbows by your sides
  • Adjust your computer so the monitor is at eye level and keyboard at elbow level
  • Use a headset or speakerphone when using your phone
  • Change your position often and stretch your neck muscles every 30-40 minutes
  • Perform basic neck exercises of turning and side bending your neck
  • Use a good neck pillow that supports and cradles the neck when sleeping
  • Reduce stress with relaxation techniques
  • Breathing exercises daily.