Neck pain can be something that occurs suddenly or that creeps up on you gradually. It is something that most people will experience at some point in their lives and can affect people of all ages.
Neck pain can cause you to lose range of movement and can restrict turning your head. It can also cause pain, pins and needles or numbness in the arms and hands.
It is something that osteopaths commonly treat in clinic. The neck is made up of 7 vertebra. Each of these bones should move freely and not interfere with the nerves as they exit the spine. Sometimes poor posture and carelessness during daily activities can result in aggravation of the joints or discs in the neck, resulting in mild neck pain.
Occasionally more severe neck pain can occur as a result of injures from an accident or sports injury. Many people who have had osteopathy for neck pain decide to have further occasional treatments as a preventative measure in order to maintain good function in the neck.
The osteopath you see should help you establish a programme of simple stretch exercises to keep your symptoms under control and keep the muscles around the area strong.