Many of us will experience neck pain, tension or stiffness at some point. It is a common area to hold stress when life gets busy, and it is commonly overworked and strained when we spend too much time sedentary, looking at screens.
Our necks are also very slender and mobile, making them vulnerable to injury when we take a tumble or sustain an impact in sport. Whatever the cause, neck pain can be very debilitating.
Serious injuries like whiplash following a car accident can leave long standing muscle imbalances and joint restrictions for years following the event, particularly if it is not assessed and treated correctly.
These injuries commonly result in weakness of the deep postural muscles in the neck and excessive tension in the bigger muscles, as they try to compensate for the loss of strength. These overworked, bigger muscles – like the upper trapezius at the back of your neck and SCM and the front – can then be a source of headache and facial pain.
Luckily, Myotherapy and Remedial Massage can be effective at treating muscle spasms and joint restrictions and can help alleviate the symptoms of whiplash associated disorder (WAD) and many other neck injuries or dysfunctions.