Osteopathic treatment at West Wickham Osteopathy & Sports Injury Clinic for neck pain can be very beneficial for recovery from most neck conditions. Many people develop a stiff and painful neck for no obvious reason. It may happen sitting in a draught or after a minor twisting injury. The underlying cause of this is not fully understood and is therefore termed non-specific neck pain. This is the most common type of neck pain for which osteopathic treatment can be very beneficial.
With day to day use of the neck over many years the cartilage in the neck can become worn. This can lead to osteoarthritis of the neck known as cervical spondylosis. This can cause pain which comes from the lining of the joints, muscle spasm and overstretching of ligaments. Occasionally bulging discs or the overgrowth of bone in the neck known as osteophytes can lead to nerve root pain and numbness that can travel down the arm. Osteopathic treatment can help to settle muscle spasm and the relieve pain caused by cervical spondylosis.
Osteopathic treatment for the neck can improve neck mobility, reduce stiffness, help relieve pain and muscle tension and aid healing by increasing blood flow to the injured area. Exercises and postural advice can also be given to help the neck recover and keep in a healthier state.