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Upper Back & Neck Pain

The upper back and neck can be affected by a number of different conditions, some of the most common injuries and complaints include:

  • Poor Posture
  • Thoracic Spine Immobility
  • Instability in Cervical Spine

What is it and what are the symptoms?

The upper back and neck is a very common area for people to feel pain and tension, most will feel that this is where they hold their stress. The causes for upper back and neck pain can vary, however in the majority of cases this area will become tight and painful due to a chain reaction throughout the body, which can be identified with a thorough movement screen. This gives reason to most people not understanding why it hurts and not being able to recall an event when it started to become sore. A lot of the time people complain that they have slept ‘funny’, although a good quality pillow will help to overcome this, most of the time the body is predisposed to the pain discomfort and it could be set off for a number of different reasons.

Poor Posture

If spinal posture is compromised, the head will naturally sit forwards and the vertebrae at the neck will be in an extended position. The muscles surrounding the area will tighten up to protect the joints in this position.

Thoracic Spine Immobility

This also relates to posture, the upper spine is designed to produce a lot of movement, however, over time this can become restricted which results in bad posture.

Instability in Cervical Spine

Every joint should have a certain element of stability and mobility around it, if the stability is lost the mobility will decrease, leaving the area feeling stiff and restricted.

What can be done to help?

A movement screen will provide a clear understanding as to what areas are unstable and where any immobility’s lie, exercises and treatment can then be structured around your individual needs in order to return the body to its original, functional state. This process will allow any areas of pain or tension to settle down naturally by targeting the root cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms.

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A thorough movement assessment would be beneficial, this will take a look at the body as a whole and highlight any dysfunctional movement patterns which may slow down recovery or potentially cause further injury.

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